'Death Blues' will utilize a number of methods of communication, featuring writing, recording, images, movement, video, taste, performance, and more, creating an experience that's understood in a more personal way, developed over time.
“What happens when we thoroughly hold and understand that our lives are finite? How does this understanding of our end shape our present? How do we become more ‘present’?”
These are questions that easily get buried by routine and living within self-imposed or external confines. Death Blues is a reminder of the importance of these questions. And like Blues music, it’s a way to celebrate and release, while connecting with one another and finding and contributing the fundamental positive elements that can exist in each moment.
About Jon Mueller:
Jon Mueller is the General Manager of 800ceoread, a company that connects people and ideas. They host the sites ChangeThis.com, KnowledgeBlocks.com, and a variety of other resources for people looking to gather or spread good ideas.
He has given talks about creativity and new business approaches at places such as The Music Forum: Loyola University (NOLA), WMSE’s Radio Summercamp (Milwaukee, WI), Viva! Festival (Montreal), Weslyan University (Middleton, CT), PRSA (Milwaukee, WI), and MARN (Milwaukee, WI).
As a drummer and percussionist, he has performed throughout North America, Japan, United Kingdom, and Europe, and has released recordings on labels such as Table of the Elements, Polyvinyl Records, Type Recordings, Jagjaguwar, Hometapes, and many others.
Over the past 25 years, he has increasingly focused on recognizing the dialog between sound and the situation it’s presented in, often bypassing standard approaches to percussion and considering acoustics and concepts surrounding the work in order to create a larger experience for those listening.
The experience of sound, both on it’s own and in performance, can be intense, personal, and physically effective. Having seriously considered those possibilities when choosing what to play, and whom to play with, he was a founding member of the groups Volcano Choir, Collections of Colonies of Bees, and Pele. He has also worked with Rhys Chatham, James Plotkin, Marcus Schmickler, Bhob Rainey, Asmus Tietchens, Z’EV, Jason Kahn, and many others.
More info can be found at www.rhythmplex.com