JG Thirlwell & Sarah Lipstate will perform on Valentines Day, Feb 14 2016 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. In this instrumental duo project JG Thirlwell plays synthesizers and electronics while Sarah Lipstate (aka Noveller) plays guitar through a multitude of effects. The two are recording an album for release in 2016. Photo by Dustin Dis.
JG Thirlwell is composing a new piece for the Australian new music string quartet Zephyr Quartet. Zephyr are commissioning a series of string works that will premiere at the Adelaide Festival in March 2016. Collectively entitled Exquisite Corpse, the suite of compositions are created in a style based on the Surrealist game, where each composer starts their composition from a short section of the previous composer’s piece. The composers involved include Zoe Barry, Jherek Bischoff, Jason Sweeney, Adam Page and others, with live projected art created by Luku Kukuku and Jo Kerlogue. Performances will take place on March 7 and 8 at the Space Theatre in the Adelaide Festival Center. In 2013, Zephyr Quartet performed with JG as members of his chamber ensemble Manorexia at the Adelaide Festival with Kronos Quartet.
Anne Senstad’s installation film “Swamp”, which is soundtracked by JG Thirlwell, will screen at ArtBasel Fair in Miami from Dec 2-5, 2015. It is in a program entitled Decomposing Hierarchies , also including works by Catherine Page Harris, Orit Ben-Shitrit, Margeaux Walter Studio, and Jeannette Ehlers. It’s all part of a larger program entitled Form and Substance : A Projection, Mapping and Light Exhibition and will take place at the iconic InterContinental in Miami.
JG Thirlwell will make a rare DJ appearance at the Swedish Energies Festival in NYC on Dec 4, 2015. The series brings together a wide-ranging international lineup of visionary electronic and improvisational musicians spanning genres of sound and visual art. The Festival is presented by Issue Project Room and the Consulate General of Sweden in New York and will take place at St Vitus in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The line up on Dec 4 includes John Duncan, freq_out alumnus Jana Winderen, SØS Gunver Ryberg, Saturn and the Sun and a tape piece by Åke Hodell from the EMS archives presented by Mats Lindström with DJ JG Thirlwell. On the subsequent evening the festival continues with Asplind, AlmgrenRecén, Koch with Mats Lindström, Hild Sofie Tafjord, Tommi Keränen, Ragnhild May, Lukasz Szlankiewicz and DJ Ryan Martin of Dais Records. Admission is free on both evenings.
The Talkhouse site has published a podcast featuring JG Thirlwell in conversation with David Harrington of Kronos Quartet. JG has written several compositions for Kronos. You can listen to it here.
On Nov 5 2015, the video projection exhibition Decomposing Hierarchies,will take place in Dumbo, Brooklyn, projecting film on the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage. There will be a screening of The Swamp, an installation film by Anne Senstad which includes a soundtrack by JG Thirlwell. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Walko and runs between 7pm and 10pm. The program also includes works by Jeannette Ehlers, Orit Ben‐Shitrit, Margeaux Walter and Catherine Page‐Harris.
The 1000 Eyes of Dr Maddin is a new documentary about Canadian film director Guy Maddin which features the music of Manorexia / JG Thirlwell in the score. It was directed by Yves Montmayeur and recently won Best Documentary on Cinema at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.
Violinist Adrianna Mateo will play a violin and piano version of JG Thirlwell‘s classic Manorexia compositon “Armadillo Stance” in a solo concert at the Metropolitan Museum in New York on October 23 and 24 2015. The shows will occur between 5pm and 8pm in several sets, and are at the Balcony Bar. Admission to shows is free with entrance to the museum.
The piece was rearranged for Ms Mateo by Thirlwell himself, at her request. The concert will also feature Mateo playing selections from Brahms, Ravel, Debussy, Phillip Glass and Schumann
James Ilgenfritz will be playing JG Thirlwell‘s composition for solo contrabass, “Xigliox”, at the Wounded Galaxies Festival of Experimental Media in Bloomington, Indiana on October 8 2015. Ilgenfritz will also play pieces by Elliott Sharp and Miya Masaoka with live video from Yuri Zupančič. The concert will take place at the Bishop Bar and tickets are $15.