In 2018, JG Thirlwell + Ensemble debuted with two songs at a private gala mounted by The Kitchen which honored Lydia Lunch and Nan Goldin. Now expanded to a full set, the project will make it’s public debut with a performance at National Sawdust in Brooklyn at 7.30 pm on February 28 and March 1 2019.
The repertoire will draw from Thirlwell’s Foetus and Wiseblood projects, including staples such as ‘I’ll Meet You In Poland, Baby’, ‘Throne Of Agony’ and ‘Someone Drowned in My Pool’, as well as never performed works ‘Here Comes The Rain’ and ‘Not Adam’, plus some new songs written by Thirlwell and Simon Hanes of Tredici Bacci. The new chamber arrangements of the material were created by Thirlwell and Hanes, for the instrumentation of harp, viola, piano, acoustic guitar and voice.
The February 28 show is sold out. Tickets for the March 1 show are available here.
We are proud to announce the issuing of the third limited edition silkscreen print by JG Thirlwell, entitled Nomoscape #3. This gorgeous art piece is a signed and numbered four-color screen print in Thirlwell’s signature palette of black, red, white and gray. It is printed on French 100lb cover paper, and is 24″ x 18.” which makes it easy to place in a standard sized frame.You can order the print here
The artwork is in a very small edition of 75, but only 60 copies will be made available in the Foetus Shoppe. The print sells for $75.00 plus flat postage and packaging fee of $15 in the US, $20 in Canada and $26 in the rest of the world. Since the print ships in a tube by itself, when ordering the print you cannot order other items in the same shipment. Other items (CDs, T-shirts, vinyl, tote bags, digital) must be ordered separately.
‘Candy Cane’ is a track that JG Thirlwell recorded with his friend Maya Hardinge under the name Angel Delight back in 2010 for a Xmas compilation entitled No Silent Night : The Second Coming. Hardinge assembled the compilation, which was was released privately. Ectopic Ents has made that track public for the first time on YouTube. The music is by Thirlwell, with vocals by Hardinge. You can listen to it here.
Venture Bros has been nominated for an Annie Award in the “Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production” category. The other shows competing in that category are Bojack Horseman, Bob’s Burgers, Big Mouth and Human Kind Of. The Annies are the Oscars of animation, honoring the best in the field. JG Thirlwell creates the musical score for Venture Bros, which airs on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block of programming. Go Team Venture!
Nightmare Cinema is an anthology of five short horror films directed by Alejandro Brugues, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Ryuhei Kitamaru and David Slade. JG Thirlwell created the original musical score for the David Slade section of the film, which has its New York premiere on November 29 2018 at the NYC Horror Festival at 7pm at Cinepolis Chelsea. The film will be getting a theatrical run in 2019. Tickets available here
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.