Now it can be revealed: JG Thirlwell will be releasing two albums on the same day on Ectopic Ents in early October 2013. The long awaited Foetus album, SOAK, which is a companion to 2010′s acclaimed epic HIDE, will finally see the light of day. The 11 track album contains a ton of new material, including the Foetus cover of “Warm Leatherette”, a remix of “Cosmetics” by Secret Chiefs 3 and more. It continues and expands on some of the themes explored on 2010′s HIDE and features guest appearances, including opera singers Abby Fischer and Natalie Galpern.
In addition, JG Thirlwell’s chamber soundtrack to the film “The Blue Eyes” will also be released. The original score was created for Eva Aridjis’ Mexican-lensed thriller, and is performed with an ensemble including violin, viola, cello, french horn, contrabass, tuba and bass trombone, in addition to piano, percussion and electronics. Both albums will be exclusively available through the website www.foetus.org, and digitally soon thereafter. We will be taking orders around the middle of September. More info coming soon.
The Zola Jesus album “Versions” will be released on Aug 20 on Sacred Bones. Produced by JG Thirlwell, it features Thirlwell’s string arrangements of Zola Jesus material, with the string parts performed by Mivos Quartet.
Zola Jesus and JG Thirlwell will be performing live dates around the album’s release, with different string players in each territory.
9/12 Philadelphia, PA: International House
9/13 Boston, MA: ICA
9/14 Brooklyn, NY: Our Lady of Lebanon Church
9/26 San Francisco, CA: Palace of Fine Arts
9/27 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Forever
9/28 Seattle, WA: Decibel Fest
10/3 London: Tabernacle
10/4 Paris: Cafe De La Danse
10/5 Berlin HAU 1
10/24 Chicago, IL: Garfield Park Conservatory
10/25 Washington DC: Hirshhorn Museum
10/26 Asheville, NC: Mountain Oasis Festival – Diana Worthem Theatre
JG Thirlwell will make a rare DJ appearance at the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 18 2013. Also on then bill are We Are Hex and Shockwave Riderz with psychedelic light show by Liquid Light Lab.
On July 11 2013 at 10pm, as part of the River To River Festival, ((audience)) presents JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia: Dinoflagellate Blooms at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St. This will be a rare opportunity to hear this classic album in the manner in which it was intended, in 5.1 surround sound in a darkened cinema. The composer will be present. Admission is free. To reserve a seat just RSVP at here.
((audience)) is a foundation established by Alexis Bhagat and Lauren Rosati in 2007, dedicated to the advancement of aural arts by providing wide distribution and new contexts for works by emerging and established sound artists and composers. ((audience)) explores the cinema as a 21st century concert hall.
JG Thirlwell will be interviewed live by Bernhard Fasenfest on the “Afternoon New Music” show on New York radio station WKCR (at Columbia University) from 4pm to 5pm (US eastern time) on July 3, 2013.
Zola Jesus and JG Thirlwell with string quartet will be playing the Mountain Oasis Festival in Asheville, North Carolina on October 26. Also on the bill are Nine Inch Nails, Animal Collective, Godspeed You Black Emperor, The Bug, Gary Numan, Chromatics, Actress, Bosnian Rainbows, Delorean and Sorne. Zola Jesus will be releasing the album Versions on Aug 20 on Sacred Bones Records, which is produced by JG Thirlwell, who also wrote the string arrangements. The album consists of the cream of Zola Jesus (aka Nika Roza Danilova) songs from her illustrious past, rearranged and re-recorded for string quartet and electronics, as well as a JG arrangement of the unreleased track “Fall Back”.
In 2012 Zola Jesus teamed with JG Thirlwell for a performance at the Guggenheim Museum. They performed new arrangements of Zola Jesus material rearranged by JG Thirlwell for string quartet and electronics. Studio recordings of those arrangements, produced by Thirlwell with the string parts performed by Mivos Quartet, will be released in an album called Versions, which is out August 20 via Sacred Bones. The album was recorded at Gary’s Electric Studio in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint with Al Carlson engineering. Zola Jesus will tour with Thirlwell and string quartet later this year. You can hear the first single from the album, “Avalanche (slow)”, here.
JG Thirlwell has contributed a small essay / ramble on the architecture of New York City to the latest issue of Evolo magazine, a journal about architecture. The latest issue of this gorgeous and substantial tome is guest edited by Juan Azulay (Matter Management) and Benjamin Rice. The issue is subtitled Architecture Xenoculture, exploring the work of architects and designers who detach from everything that architecture is supposed to be and look like, including preconceived forms and aesthetics, to look into new architectural and design possibilities.
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.