The Winter of the Beard



Jefferson Pitcher is a composer, improviser, and documentary filmmaker from Berkeley, California. He has released music with Camera Obscura, Moonpalace, Dutch East India, Words on Music, and Tract Records. Although much of his work explores feedback and prepared guitar, he also draws heavily from his love for modal jazz, the simplicity of minimalist composers, and a longstanding interest in Flamenco.  He has toured as a soloist, in numerous ensembles, and has recorded and performed with Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Ikue Mori, Okkyung LeeTim Keiper, Christian Kiefer, and others. 

 September 2008 will see the release of an elaborate set of recordings about American history on Standard Recording Co.  The project will feature a huge cast of musicians including, Xiu Xiu, Tom Carter of Charalambides, Califone, Low, and many others.  Jeff and Mike’s last video (The Winter of the Dance) played many festivals including Ann Arbor International Film Festival, Nashville International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, and Sonoma Valley International Film Festival

His work has focused on the connection that we have to landscape and literature, how that effects our perception, and the relevance of our daily lives as art.  His recent work both as a musician, filmmaker, and scholar examines the human disconnect from nature. Pitcher completed his MFA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute May 2008, and will soon move to the Ontario countryside with his, wife, their son, and an amazingly fluffy white dog.   



Mike Schwartz…..




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