Seattle multi-instrumentalist and self-taught composer Jherek Bischoff began his career as sideman in a number of indie bands before becoming the main event with the release of his debut album Composed. Born in Sacramento, California, the son of an avant-garde musician who had studied with John Cage, Bischoff had an unconventional childhood, spending a large part of his formative years on a boat which his parents sailed first up the Pacific Coast, and then on a two-year trip to Central America and the Caribbean. The family eventually settled in Bainbridge Island, Washington, where Bischoff learned to play a host of woodwind, brass, and string instruments. As a young man in the early 2000s, he first came to prominence as a member of numerous experimental indie pop bands including Parenthetical Girls, Xiu Xiu, the Dead Science, and the Degenerate Art Ensemble. He also played in former Dresden Dolls singer Amanda Palmer's solo band.