JG Thirlwell will be guesting on two evenings of Simon Hanes‘ residency at The Stone in NYC, which runs from Nov 6-10 2018.
Thirlwell will appear with Hanes’ 13 piece ensemble Tredici Bacci on Nov 9, where they will perform their entire new album. Thirlwell will perform the song he sings on that album, a version of the ancient hymn ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel‘. In addition Tredici Bacci will perform two songs that were co-written by Thirlwell and Hanes.
On Nov 10, Tredici Bacci will swell to an 18 piece and they will perform a version of the Thirlwell composition ‘I Hate You All’, with Thirlwell on vocals. This song originally appeared on the Foetus album Damp. Jennifer Charles of Elysian Fields will also guest vocalize on this evening. The evening falls on the occasion of Ennio Morricone‘s 89th birthday, a man who has been extremely influential on Hanes.
Thirlwell and Hanes have an extremely productive working relationship over the last several years. Thirlwell has been a regular guest and contributor to Hanes’ Tredici Bacci projecty. Thirlwell has had Hanes play some keyboards and guitar on select cues in his work on the scores for Archer and Venture Bros. Hanes has been guest keyboard played on the recent Xordox live dates. In addition the two have forged a writing relationship and have penned a dozen songs for the female voice.
JG Thirlwell will be interviewed by Hank Shocklee of The Bomb Squad / Public Enemy at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City on Friday November 9 2018 from 4pm-6pm. The discussion will focus on creative and business practices .
The interview will be part of Shocklee and Steven Bernstein’s Eyes Of The Entrepreneurs class at The New School.
JG Thirlwell‘s Xordox project opened for The The at the gorgeous Beacon Theater in New York City on Sep 17 2018. The The’s date was in the middle of their Comeback Special tour, with The The head honcho Matt Johnson playing his first live dates in fifteen years.
For the Xordox set, Thirlwell was joined onstage by Simon Hanes on keys, and Sten Backman created the visuals that Xordox performed in front of.
JG Thirlwell‘s short film ‘Sonder‘ will be making its US premiere at the Roxy Underground Film Festival on Sep 24 2018. ‘Sonder’ was directed and scored by JG Thirlwell, and photographed by Sebastian Mlynarski. The Roxy Underground Film Festival series is led by pioneering indie filmmaker Amos Poe, alongside The Roxy Cinema’s Curator, Illyse Singer. Tickets are free with RSVP here. The Roxy Cinema is located at 2 6th Avenue, Cellar Level of The Roxy Hotel New York, NY 10013.
JG Thirlwell conducted a lecture and presentation on Aug 29 2018 at Monash University (Clayton Campus) in Melbourne, at the MPavilion Rotunda, presenting an overview of his music and sound practice along with a screening of his film his short Sonder. The presentation was concluded with a performance of JG Thirlwell’s composition for string quartet, ‘Narcolepsy‘, performed by Commons Quartet.
The Bang On A Can Allstars are headed to Australia, and they will be performing JG Thirlwell‘s “Anabiosis” composition in Sydney on August 25 2018 and in Melbourne on August 28 2018.
Bang On A Can commissioned Thirlwell to compose “Anabiosis” in 2006, and Thirlwell subsequently recorded his own version, which appeared on the Manorexia album Dinoflagellate Blooms. Thirlwell then adapted the piece for the Manorexia chamber ensemble. In 2015 Thirlwell reworked the piece for the Allstars, which by now had three new members in its ranks.
In Sydney, the Bang On A Can Allstars will perform as part of Extended Play, a 12-hour micro-festival that explores and celebrates new music in every format imaginable at the City Recital Hall. You may purchase tickets for the whole festival here, or just for the Bang On A Can Allstars performance here.
At the Melbourne Recital Hall, the Allstars will perform Thirlwell’s piece, along with pieces by BOAC founders David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon, plus a piece by Philip Glass. Tickets for the Melbourne concert here.
Ectopic Ents is proud to announce the release of the official Steroid Maximus t-shirt! Celebrating JG Thirlwell’s acclaimed instrumental project and adapted from the Ectopia album design, the Steroid Maximus shirt is a three color design, printed on a “natural” (ie light cream) shirt. This gorgeous garment is a perfect conversation starter for your next cocktail party or tropical vacation. It’s printed on a Next Level brand soft lightweight 100% cotton shirt, and is available in small, medium, large, XL, XXL or XXXL, with a small quantity in lady’s baby doll small.
They’re available right here at the Foetus Shoppe.
Xordox will perform on October 6 2018 at the inaugural Adult Swim Music Festival in Los Angeles . The Festival stretches over then weekend of October 6 and 7, and includes performances by Run The Jewels, Zola Jesus, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Dan Deacon, T-Pain, Big Freedia, Mastodon, Com Truise, High On Fire and many more. The festival will be held at ROW DTLA, 777 Alameda st Los Angeles 90021. Single day or weekend pass tickets are available here.
For this iteration of Xordox, Thirlwell will be joined by long-time musical collaborator Simon Hanes (of Tredici Bacci) on additional keyboards. They will play in front of a visual backdrop created exclusively by Swedish artist Sten Backman. The Xordox album Neospection was released by Editions Mego and is available here.
The long-awaited season seven of Venture Bros will premiere on August 5, 2018 on Adult Swim / Cartoon Network. As usual, JG Thirlwell created the musical score for all ten episodes of the season, which is a particularly score-heavy season.
The Swans Oral History, Sacrifice and Transcendence by Nick Soulsby, is out now. JG Thirlwell was interviewed extensively for the book about his involvement with the group. Thirlwell regards Swans as one of the most important groups of the last thirty years, and has a long friendship with their leader Michael Gira. There has been a lot of cross-fertilization between the Swans and the Foetus live bands, with many musicians being members of both, including Norman Westberg, Algis Kizys, Ted Parsons and Vinnie Signorelli. In addition, Thirlwell started his Wiseblood project with former Swans drummer Roli Mosimann. The Swans song “Jim” from the album My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky is about Thirlwell. You can buy it now at Amazon or wherever good books are sold, as they say!