JG Thirlwell‘s music provides the score for the film Norfolk, directed by BAFTA nominee Martin Radich. The soundtrack also features audio contributions from the acclaimed field recordist Chris Watson, and the sound design is provided by John Sampson (of the band Swimming). The film tells the story of an assassin and his young son who are hiding out in an apparent rural idyll when the man’s unspeakable past starts to catch up with him. The film stars Denis Ménochet (Inglourious Basterds, Robin Hood), Barry Keoghan (’71, Stay), Eileen Davies (Sightseers, Another Year), Sean Buckley (The Fifth Element, Les Misérables) and newcomer Goda Letkauskaite.
The film will premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), where it competes in the Hivos Tiger Awards. The film will screen there on the following dates -
Friday 23 Jan at 17:45 (Press & Industry screening)
Saturday 24 Jan at 18:45
Sunday 25 Jan at 15:30
Monday 26 Jan at 18:00 (Press & Industry screening)
Tuesday 27 Jan at 17:00
Friday 30 Jan at 15:30
Saturday 31 Jan at 22:15
Norfolk is produced by Finlay Pretsell of SDI Productions and Rachel Dargavel of Crybaby and was developed, financed and produced through Creative England’s iFeatures initiative with backing from the BFI and BBC Films.
JG Thirlwell has remixed a new track by John Carpenter. The remix will be included on the deluxe digital version of Carpenter’s new album on Sacred Bones, Lost Themes. Other artists who have tackled remixes include Zola Jesus with Dean Hurley, Blanck Mass (Ben Power of Fuck Buttons), Silent Servant, ohGr and Bill Kouligas (PAN label head).
Additionally, renegade auteur John Carpenter will make a rare New York appearance at BAM on Thursday, February 5 to discuss his legendary career and celebrate the release of his debut solo album, Lost Themes.
Carpenter has scored many his films and Lost Themes is a collection of unused, previously unheard works in his inimitable style. The album will be released on Feb 3 2015.
A brand new one hour Venture Bros special will be airing January 19th, 2015 (at midnight ET/PT) on Adult Swim / Cartoon Network.
“Space. The final frontier, where no one can hear you scream, revenge is only served cold, and the drinks are comped in the casino. Join the Ventures—and pretty much everyone they’ve ever crossed paths with—as they rocket to the Gargantua-2 space station for an epic, hour-long adventure that will change the Ventureverse as we know it forever.”
This double episode will feature a ton of new music by JG Thirlwell. The rest of season six will be airing at a later date.
JG Thirlwell will bring his Cholera Nocebo project to London with an exclusive performance at Cafe Oto on Dec 16 2014.
Cholera Nocebo is a 50 minute electro-acoustic presentation performed by JG Thirlwell with electronics, autoharp, objects and prepared piano. It is an immersive multi channel composition which allows for an elastic performance incorporating live re-composition and improvisation into the structure of the work, incorporating musique concrete and electronic sound along with live instrumentation.
Thirlwell performs with a projection of a time-lapse car journey along the Long Island Expressway in NY which gives the illusion of hurtling into a void, culminating in footage that was shot in the blackout which occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated NYC.
Conceived as his “pangaea” project, Thirlwell will perform it on each continent. It has thus far been performed in Marrakech, Istanbul, Stockholm and Lausanne.
It’s the tenth anniversary of Scott Crary’s documentary about the New York music scene, Kill Your Idols. It’s being celebrated with two midnight screenings at the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. JG Thirlwell will be a guest after the screening tonight, November 15, for a discussion and Q & A, along with Jim Sclavunos (Teenage Jesus, Bad Seeds etc), Chris Pravdica (Flux Information Sciences, Swans) and Aaron Warren (Black Dice).
On Oct 22 2014, JG Thirlwell will be sitting in with the Great Learning Orchestra while they perform one of the graphic scores that he has created for them. This will take place at their A4 rum exhibition at Marabouparken in Sundbyberg, Sweden, where they are exhibiting many of the graphic scores they have commissioned or performed. They say of the exhibition, “a4 rum is a project that stretches the boundaries of visual art and music, initiated in 2004 by Leif Jordansson for the Great Learning Orchestra. What began as an open invitation to contribute a composition, which could be in the format of traditional musical notation, written instructions, graphic images or photographs, has now grown into a comprehensive archive of more than 140 compositions that each fits on an A4 sheet.”
Marabouparken, is located at Löfströmsvägen 8, Sundbyberg, Sweden.
JG Thirlwell will being making an exclusive appearance at a benefit for the NY Film Makers Cooperative on November 19 at Santos Party House. Also on the bill are Philip Glass, Bruce McClure, MV Carbon, Jonas Mekas, Optipus, Bill Morrison, Lary Seven, The Uzipisians, Zero Times Everything and Victoria Keddie/Rose Kallal . The evening is billed as “an evening of artists that fuse and fracture sound/image/light”. Tickets are available here.
JG Thirlwell contributes vocals to the new James Williamson (of The Stooges) album Re-Licked. Williamson was Iggy’s guitarist and collaborator on the classic Iggy And The Stooges Raw Power album, and returned to the live Stooges fold a few years ago. Re-Licked features “lesser-known Stooges tracks (written after Raw Power and before Kill City) properly recorded and mixed for the first time” with guest lead singers including Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Mario Cuomo (The Orwells), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Ariel Pink and others. James is backed by live Stooges members Steve Mackay, Toby Dammit, and Mike Watt (also of The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, etc) and that dog.’s Petra Haden provides backup vocals. The album’s due out on October 29 via Leopard Lady Records.
Thirlwell performs the song “Rubber Leg”.
“As far as the singers who come closest to mirroring Iggy’s snarl and charm, full marks go to Thirlwell” says Joel Gausten.
Graphic is a group show opening September 20th at Gallery Nine5, 24 Spring Street, NYC 10012. The exhibition includes Anne Senstad‘s video piece “The Lockerplant Projections“, which features sound by JG Thirlwell.The piece was previously shown at Centre Pompidou, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Beirut Art Center with Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid in 2011. The exhibition also contains works by Rubin415, Ye Hongxing, Desire Obtain Cherish, Jessica Lichtenstein, Jeremy Flick and Oona Ratcliffe and will run until October 29 2014.