Jeremy dePrisco writes and produces music and designs sound for album projects, theatre and digital media. With over 15 years of work in music and production, dePrisco has produced six solo albums since 1999, and has done either composition or sound design for 22 theatre productions – many with collaborator Dr. Stephen Schrum, and James H. Slusser (Bloomsburg University Alumni Players).
Growing up around his father’s amateur radio and electronics experiments and Rolling Stones LPs, dePrisco inherited an interest in music and the science of sound from an early age. In fact, music was a family affair, starting with grandmother Francine (Trago) dePrisco who performed Gospel on local television in Wilmington, Delaware.
dePrisco’s influences range from progressive rock (Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd) to the folk and protest music of the 60s and 70s (particularly Cat Stevens, with whom he shares many traits), and acoustic blues. While playing with community orchestras on string bass, dePrisco acquired an interest in many styles of music outside of the rock genre, which later led to a tour with The Bodó Band, a Hungarian folk group. Later he recorded an album with Bengali tabla player Mostafizur “Bulu” Rahman.
Some of his notable theatrical accomplishments include original music for Euripides’ Iphigenia and Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. He also composed music for Schrum’s original play Immaculate Misconceptions: Tales of Catholic School. Some of dePrisco’s songs were used for Compassion Moves, a multi-disciplinary dance/music/poetry community piece directed by Anthony Ferro, Assistant Professor of Ballet at Marymount Manhattan College. With such varied projects, one can easily see why cultural diversity is important to dePrisco, and this informs much of his work on stage and off. He currently serves as Secretary for the Bengal Association of Bloomsburg Area. This association has included work with South Indian dancer Shoba Kumar, Tagore singer Nandini Sengupta and tabla maestro Topan Modak
As a composer, dePrisco began recording in 1989 with a 4-track cassette device, always with an ear toward experimentation. He continued to expand this interest with WVIA’s Homegrown Music, with producer George Graham and formidable experiences with friend and bassist Matt Homiak at Lebanon Valley College. Other recording credits include production for satirist Tom Dennehy. The digital revolution of the late 90s made it possible to continue this journey, feeding dePrisco’s insatiable love for recording, practically anywhere… any time. If there is any central idea behind dePrisco’s work, it is his mission to blend the best of the American roots tradition – music for the people – with modern production techniques. He has over 10 years experience working with MIDI and digital audio applications like Cakewalk Sonar and Propellerhead Reason (among others).
Since the early 90s, dePrisco has been an arts event producer throughout NE and Central PA. He has supported the Learning for Life capstone experience for Greenwood Friends School in Millville, PA and has conducted two interactive workshops there (Studio 101 and World of Guitar). Other experience includes grant writing, marketing, artist relations and volunteer work with American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, COMPEER, and Mental Health Association. He actively attends diversity conferences such as Bloomsburg University’s Sankofa and College Misercordia’s Diversity Institute and the Northeastern PA Diversity Education Consortium (NEPDEC) and the Bloomsburg University President’s “Conversation on Diversity” (2009). A member of the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP), dePrisco and has been an ASCAPLUS Award recipient from 1996 through 2009. ASCAPLUS is an awards program that provides cash and recognition to writers whose main activity is outside of broadcast media.
For years, dePrisco performed music from (or inspired by) the civil rights revolution of the 60s-70s, but he remained relatively apolitical in his own recorded music. All that is about to change. The latest album by dePrisco, Chaos Rise Up was largely inspired by the Bush years and the ways in which media – particularly digital media – have impacted our lives. Part protest rock, part anthemic social commentary, Chaos Rise Up melds a dystopian view of technology with a critical reading of our responsibility to hold ourselves accountable for its use. The album draws from dePrisco’s rhetorical, leadership and social influence studies, and reflects on the “culture wars” that have preoccupied us for the past decade. When pressed for a description of his music these days, dePrisco comments, “It may be a bit presumptuous, but the best way to describe my music right now is if Tom Waits and Beck got together with producer Dan Lanois. Since that combo is not likely to happen, I figure there is a niche for me.”
In 2009, dePrisco began performing with a small group of area musicians to develop a blues/roots act currently named The Anthony Avenue Ensemble. The group includes drummer David Eisenhower (who also performs on Chaos Rise Up), guitarist Michael Hickey, and Turkish-American percussionist Mehmet “Safa” Saracoglu. Also ongoing is dePrisco’s next composition project for Schrum’s play, Dog Assassin, a progressive rock musical. The world premiere – with live musicians – is anticipated for Spring 2012 on the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg campus.
Offstage, dePrisco’s other interests include hiking, biking, digital photography and film, Sufi poetry, devising percussion out of junk, and virtual performance. As for the latter, dePrisco has performed as soloist and with others as Thaylon Singh in the virtual environment of Second Life.
By day, Jeremy dePrisco is a Senior Analyst and web applications software designer with Geisinger Health System. Working in the technology industry informs much of his creative work. dePrisco holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and a BA in Communications Studies from Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania.
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