JG Thirlwell is an ongoing composer in residence at Elektronmusikstudion, aka EMS,the center for Swedish electroacoustic music and sound-art at Münchenbryggeriet in Stockholm. JG spent some time working there in January and May 2013, learning and experimenting with the Serge and Buchla analog modular synthesizer systems, assisted and guided by Jonas Broberg and Daniel Araya. JG plans to return to continue his explorations soon. There are currently no plans to release anything from the sessions but JG hopes that the work will eventually bear fruit and recordings will see the light of day.
The Exquisite Corpse Game is a unique musical collaboration based on the rules of the Exquisite Corpse, invented by the Surrealists : each artist was given only the last 20 seconds of the previous composition and had to continue by recording instrumental music in any way they saw fit. The album, conceived and curated by Kavus Torabi (Knifeworld/ Cardiacs/ Guapo) features a piece JG Thirlwell as well as contributions from Torabi, Khyam Allami, Karda Estra, British Theatre (Oceansize/ Biffy Clyro), Bob Drake (Thinking Plague/ 5uu’s/ The Science Group etc) Weasel Walter (The Flying Luttenbachers/ Behold The Arctopus/ Cellular Chaos etc) Dominique Leone, Appleblim, Katharine Blake (Mediaeval Baebes/ Miranda Sex Garden) Max Tundra, Mikrokosmos (Levitation/ Dark Star/ Cardiacs) and Craig Fortnam (North Sea Radio Orchestra/ Arch Garrison).
Taken individually, The Exquisite Corpse Game represents thirteen brand new, original compositions by thirteen innovative musical artists but taken as a whole the entire album has a kaleidoscopic, dream-like yet homogenous quality. Themes and ideas seem to repeat and reoccur throughout in a way that could not have been known to the contributors. There is an ebb and flow throughout that sounds both pre-conceived and deliberate.
The Exquisite Corpse Game will be released on September 2, 2013 but pre-orders will be shipped at least one month ahead of this date.
The Venture Brothers Season 5 Premiere has been moved back to June 2nd 2013 at Midnight on Adult Swim / Cartoon Network. JG Thirlwell advises that you should continue to hold your breath as it’s going to be a wild ride. Go Team Venture!
JG Thirlwell will play a new extended version of his electro-acoustic piece “Cholera Nocebo” in Istanbul Turkey on May 10 at the Babylon Club. The piece premiered at Arts Birthday Party in Stockholm in January 2013. The show is part of the Vodafone Istanbul Calling concert series and is presented in collaboration with Bant magazine. This will be JG’s first performance in Turkey.
The River to River Festival is “28 days of transformative, investigative art in unexpected places across Lower Manhattan”. JG Thirlwell will appear in two special events at the River to River Festival in New York this June. Firstly, on June 23, JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia will appear in concert at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University on a bill with Pauline Oliveros and Susie Ibarra & Roberto Rodriguez. During the evening, Manorexia will perform pieces from the Manorexia oeuvre including the premiere of a new arrangement of Plastic Island In The Pacific. This event is presented by New York Electronic Art Festival (NYEAF) and Harvestworks.
Secondly on July 11 the organization ((audience)) presents Manorexia: Dinoflagellate Blooms in glorious 5.1 sound at Tribeca Cinemas. RSVP is required for this event.
Also appearing at the festival will be So Percussion, Two-Headed Calf & Yarn/Wire, Laurie Anderson, Bang On A Can, Hauschka, Kosminen, and Zeigler, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Maja S.K. Ratkje, Mantra Percussion, Paola Prestini and much more.
Sarsen Circle is a live recording made at Phill Niblock‘s Experimental Intermedia space during the celebration of Touch’s 30th anniversary. Conducted and organized by Touch’s Mike Harding, the recording feature JG Thirlwell along with Philip Jeck, Lary 7, Brian Turner, “GenKen” Montgomery and a host of others. It is available on download only from Touch here.The full personnel of the recording is Marcus Davidson – percussion; Mike Harding – Conductor (& percussion); Philip Jeck – Casio SK1 keyboard, effects, mixing desk and MD player; Dave Knapik – radio, iphones, Buddha Machine, Polaroid 450 Land camera, Knockman toys: the Pororon and the ChaCha, and police scanner; Lary 7 – contrabass; Ken Montgomery – Slepian Modified Casiotone M-10, Trogtronics 655 Black Box & Kaoss Pad; JG Thirlwell – laptop, keyboard; Brian Turner – guitar/amp; Andrea, The Enchantress of Bioluminosity – Zils.
JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia will be embarking on a series of European dates this Spring. The shows are as follows
25/04/13 Copenhagen, Denmark Marble Kerken
26/04/13 Dortmund, Germany Schauspielhaus
27/04/13 Hamburg, Germany Kampnagel
28/04/13 Berlin, Germany Roter Salon
29/04/13 Bydgoszcz, Poland Mozg
30/04/13 Komarom, Hungary Mediawave Festival
01/05/13 Pardubice, Czech Republic Divadlo
02/05/13 Krems, Austria Donaufestival
03/05/13 Munich, Germany Ampere
04/05/13 London ATP / Yeah Yeah Yeahs curate I’ll be your Mirror at Alexandra Palace
On this tour, JG Thirlwell (compositions / laptop) will be joined by Angharad Davies (violin), Tim Parkinson (piano), Nozomi Cohen (viola), Rachel Steadman (violin), Adam Morris (percussion) and Jessica Cox (cello), with Katy Cox filling in on cello on just the Munich date.
JG Thirlwell will perform a short set for E.S.P. TV‘s Live Taping Trilogy during their Spring Residency at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City on April 13 2013. E.S.P. TV, founded by Scott Kiernan and Victoria Keddie, is a nomadic showcase of primarily NYC-based experimental music, video art and performance tapes live and produced for Manhattan Neighborhood Network public television. Tapings of E.S.P. TV are in front of an audience with live green-screening, signal manipulation and analog video mixing. The entire night is recorded to BETA and edited into half hour episodes for airing on cable TV in New York City. After airing, the episodes are posted online at here for later viewing. Also performing that night will be Cult Of Youth, Shawn O’Sullivan, Driphouse, Greg Zifcak, Nat Roe, Naval Cassidy, plus Dana Bell & Sam Consiglio. The evening will be hosted by Don Stahl and Ted Shumaker.(Giggles)
JG Thirlwell has finished scoring season five of The Venture Bros. The season premieres on May 19 at midnight on Adult Swim. JG is excited for the new season and feels it may contain some of his best scoring work to date. You can see a preview of the season here.
JG Thirlwell will be playing solo live in an electro-acoustic performance along to a live projection of Ken Jacobs‘ Nervous Magic Lantern Performance in a benefit for the NY FilmMaker’s Co-op. Along with JG, the featured performers will be Laurie Anderson, John Zorn and the Aleph Trio performing with Wallace Berman’s film Aleph, Nomi Ruiz, Transgendered Jesus and Zero Times Everything, performing with rare experimental & avant-garde films from the Coop’s collection. Meanwhile, a silent art auction will be available all night, including work by artists Jonas Mekas, Carolee Schneemann, Tom Otterness, Ken Jacobs, Peggy Ahwesh, Hal Hartley, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Bradley Eros, Richard Sylvarnes, Bill Brand, Molly Surno & many others.
The event will take place on March 27 2013 at Santos Party House in New York City and tickets are available here.