On Jan 17 2016 JG Thirlwell worked on a track with Dana Schechter (Insect Ark, Bee and Flower, Angels of Light) for a project celebrating the 35th anniversary of BC studio in Brooklyn. Helmed by Martin Bisi, the project brought together many musicians from the studio’s rich history over two days at BC to create music before an audience, which will become a digital album given to supporters of Bisi’s Kickstarter fund to cover medical expenses for injuries he received while being mugged last year. Dana and JG recorded a backing track which we augmented with an impromptu choir made up of the audience and Laura Ortman played some violin.
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JG Thirlwell will be performing at the Ken Jacobs Nervous Magic Lantern Festival at Anthology Film Archives on Jan 24 2016 with Collapsible Shoulder, Victoria Keddie and Rick Reed / Tara Bhattacharya.
Ken Jacobs (born 1933 in Brooklyn, New York) is an influential experimental filmmaker. He is the director of Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son (1969, USA), which was admitted to the National Film Registry in 2007. His Star Spangled to Death (2004, USA) is a nearly seven-hour film consisting largely of found footage. He is a recipient of the American Film Institute’s Maya Deren Award.
The Nervous Magic Lantern works without film or electronics. Moving parts are lightweight fans and an exterior spinning shutter. In the hands of an active projectionist it can fill the screen with moving 3D forms seen from every possible angle, no 3D spectacles required.
Ectopic Ents is proud to announce the release of a t-shirt featuring the artwork from the Foetus album NAIL. This acclaimed classic iconic design has been long-bootlegged on garments, so we are thrilled to finally announce the official availability of this fine item. The Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel shirt has a three color design printed on a red Canvas brand soft cotton shirt, and is available in small, medium, large, XL and XXL. It’s available right here at the Foetus Shoppe.
We are thrilled to announce that JG Thirlwell has been nominated for an Annie Award in the category of Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production for his work on The Venture Bros, specifically for the episode All This And Gargantua II. The Annies are presented by The International Animated Film Society to recognize the year’s best in the field of animation.
JG Thirlwell is composing a piece for solo cello for Jeffrey Zeigler. Zeigler, who used to be a member of Kronos Quartet, will premiere the piece at a concert at National Sawdust on January 23 2016.
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.