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Side 1 – Blues/Roots
“I enjoy learning about the music that inspired my favorite artists, and more often than not that leads back to the blues, or back to roots music. So I prefer to call myself a blues/roots musician – not a singer-songwriter.”
Jeremy dePrisco is a Bloomsburg, PA producer and songwriter who has released several collections of original music in the folk-rock genre, drawing also from blues and progressive rock. Jeremy has created sound design for a number of university and local theatre productions, performed with a Hungarian folk group and with a Bengali tabla player. Jeremy’s 2010 CD “Chaos Rise Up” is based on themes of technology and media influence.
Inspired by the folk tradition of artists like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Jeremy's approach to learning and performing acoustic music is filled with reverence for the folk process and the place of music as part of a community. Jeremy counts as influences diverse artists such as Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens, Tom Waits, acoustic blues, progressive rock . His work is informed by heavy listening of broad musical styles such as Eastern European, East Indian and West African music.
In 2011 Jeremy and his wife Audra formed the duo Fricknadorable, which incorporates ukelele, percussion and features an expanded set list of Irish music, novelty songs and 80s hits.
Side 2 – Electro
Jeremy dePrisco (aka Shivasongster) grew up listening to Echoes and Hearts of Space and the signals beaming from his father’s attic Ham Radio workbench. After being a closet sound experimentalist for 15+ years, Jeremy embraced his electro side and love of audio manipulation via the Shivasongster moniker in 2010. Since then, Jeremy has been attending electronic music events and collaborating with other electro artists.
Via his monthly electro-music.com radio program, Signals with Shivasongster, Jeremy explores improvised and generative electronic music, and composed pieces that use everything from conventional guitar to alternative controllers, field recordings and found sounds. Shivasongster has allowed Jeremy to bring his “after midnight” studio experiments to the stage, such as an evening of “Far Out Space Music” with Explorophonic, a Central PA experimental music group.
In 2012 Jeremy began to explore the world of Percussa AudioCubes, an infrared controller that adds visual interest to otherwise static computer music. Jeremy has worked with NY artist Robert Dorschel in RoDoJede and videographer Michael O’Bannon. Much of Jeremy's work draws on Soto Zen Buddhist dharma teachings, political speeches, NPR radio interviews and his own private collection of found sounds and hacked devices.
Jeremy has been quoted as saying, “Lowe's is my favorite music store.” When he is not making strange noises that drive his wife and friends crazy, Jeremy enjoys reading Sufi poetry, watching Stephen Colbert, biking and growing hot peppers.
For more info: www.shivasongster.com and at radio.electro-music.com