01/22/2014

JG Thirlwell at the Marrakech Biennale

1424443_714226308617711_1148566667_nJG Thirlwell will  set foot for the first time in Morocco to perform at the fifth edition of the Marrakech Biennale. JGT will be performing his solo electro-acoustic project Cholera Nocebo on March 1, 2014.

In addition JG will be taking part in freq_out 10, the tenth installment of the freq_out sound installation, which will be executed in Theatre Royal in Marrakech. the particpiants for this edition of freq_out will include Maia Urstad, JG Thirlwell, Franz Pomassl, The Sons of God (Kent Tankred & Leif Elggren), Mike Harding, Christine Ödlund, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, leif e. boman, BJ Nilsen, Brandon LaBelle, Kamarstudios and Jacob Kirkegaard. The freq_out installation will kick off the Biennale on Feb 25, 2014.
JG’s appearance at the Marrakech Biennale is made possible by support from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and Harvestworks. The 5th Marrakech Biennial is curated by Hicham Khalidi.


12/30/2013

JGT DJ NYE

994993_10152183175084985_341501630_nJG Thirlwell will be making rare DJ appearance on New Years Eve at the New York Night Train New Years Eve Ball at Home Sweet Home, 131 Chrystie Street in NYC. The Ball will also take over the bar Fig 19 upstairs, where JG will be DJ-ing along with hostess Vashti Windish (of K-Holes fame), Cameron Michel (also of K-Holes/Golden Triangle) the inscrutable Matt Lyons and the dapper Johnny Scuotto. Downstairs the legendary Jonathan Toubin will hold down the decks with live sets by Vietnam, Shine Brothers, Bad Girlfriend and Thy Neighbors. Happy New Year, let’s hope it scuttles unlucky 13.


12/18/2013

JG Thirlwell scores documentary about family with Hypertrichosis

chuy_title_2JG Thirlwell recently finished scoring a documentary about a family in Mexico with congenital hypertrichosis, a rare condition that results in extreme hairiness, including hair growing from the face. The family is actually the highest concentration of people in the world with this rare condition. The film, provisionally entitled “Chuy, The Wolf Man”, was directed by Eva Aridjis, who also directed “The Blue Eyes“, which JG also scored and recently released as an album. “Chuy, The Wolf Man” is currently in post-production stages. We will announce plans for screenings as the information becomes available.


12/04/2013

JGT composes solo contrabass piece for James Ilgenfritz

nmid-046JG Thirlwell has composed a piece for solo contrabass, to be performed by James Ilgenfritz. Entitled “Xigliox”, the composition will premiere at a concert by Ilgenfritz at Roulette in NYC on December 12 2013. Ilgenfritz will also be playing pieces from his recent CD, Compositions (Braxton), solo contrabass performances of the music of Anthony Braxton; plus Trio For Trumpet, Accordion, and String Bass, a classic mid-60s work from Pauline Oliveros; and a new piece that Ilgenfritz commissioned from Annie Gosfield. Thirlwell will accompany Ilgenfritz on his piece with “small intrusions of electronics”. To open the evening, Reinier Van Houdt presents a solo piano performance of Italian avant-garde composer Walter Marchetti’s new solo piano work Concerto per la Mano Sinistra in un Solo Movimento (Concerto for the Left Hand in One Movement).


12/04/2013

Foetus “Soak” and JG Thirlwell “Blue Eyes OST” albums out now!

Ectopic Ents is proud to announce the simultaneous release of two new albums from JG Thirlwell: Foetus “SOAK” and JG Thirlwell’s “The Blue Eyes Original Soundtrack Recording

The albums are available on CD from the shoppe at foetus.org, where  you can also  listen to previews. The albums are also available digitally here, and also from iTunes, Amazon and regular digital outlets. The albums, however, are not available for streaming on Spotify, Pandora etc. All copies of SOAK come with a free sticker of a variation of the cover artwork, personally signed by JG Thirlwell.
SOAKsticker_5WHAT IS SOAK?

The album kicks off with the beat-heavy “Red and Black and Gray and White”, a celebration of the color scheme of Foetus album covers and an opportunity to proclaim them in the patriotic style of cheer-leading and military cadence. The track employs the drumming of Jeff Davidson, where exuberant paramilitary rhythms collide with chain gangs, big band brass stabs and call-and -response vocals kick off the album in a blistering breathless blast, echoing JG’s intense action-packed scores for the Adult Swim cartoon Venture Bros. “Pratheism” continues JG’s voyage into opera which began with HIDE’s “Cosmetics”, this time abetted by mezzo soprano Natalie Galpern. In the multi-movement composition, which will also appear in Thirlwell’s forthcoming opera, heavy drums drive the bombastic orchestrations, propelled by urgent choral vocals and pulsing analog synthesizer. Singer Abby Fischer joins JG on the lilting seductive piece “Alabaster”, also written for the forthcoming opera, the track being a paean to the singer’s inanimate partner. JG’s version of The Normal‘s electronic post-punk classic “Warm Leatherette” originally appeared in the 7″ box set collection Recovery along with the likes of Johann Johannsson, Fennesz and Alva Noto. JG was commissioned to record a cover version of John Carpenter‘s “Halloween” while creating the sound design for the website of the remake of the classic horror film. JG decided to resurrect it, merging it with an original piece “Turbulence”. In the same way that Wendy Carlos‘ “Switched on Bach” took classical music and re-cast it in the electronic musical idiom, with his versions of “Halloween” and “Warm Leatherette”, JG is taking classics of electronic music and recasting them in a symphonic idiom, reconfiguring them from the minimalism that made them distinctive at the time into a bombastic maximalism. “Kamikaze” is a post-millennial psychedelic meditation on Japanese suicide pilots, evoking a classic romanticism in it’s Beatle-esque refrain. JG’s eccentric interpretation “La Rua Madureira” follows, complete with balkanized mid-section and dream sequence, summoning the author of the song, tragic french chanteur Nino Ferrer, who shot himself in the heart in 1998. Following the twisting cinematic opus of “Spat”, Secret Chiefs 3 remix the Foetus track “Cosmetics” , turning it on it’s head and infusing it with some of their style while retaining the mad collision of opera and prog. The album closes gently with the meditation-cum-lullabye “Mesmerin”, blurring the line between anti-depressants and religious awakening.

BlueEyes_newdig_4WHAT IS THE BLUE EYES SOUNDTRACK?

JG Thirlwell’s chamber soundtrack to the film “The Blue Eyes” is also released on the same day. The original score was created for Eva Aridjis‘ Mexican-lensed supernatural thriller, and is performed with an ensemble which includes Manorexia alumni Karen Waltuch on violin & viola and Isabel Castelvi on cello plus Nathan Koci (Ensemble Modern, Bang On A Can etc) on french horn, James Ilgenfritz (Lukas Ligeti, Anthony Braxton ) on contrabass and Marcus Rojas (David Byrne, Steven Bernstein) on tuba and bass trombone, with JG on everything else, including piano, electronics and percussion. The film, set in Chiapas, Mexico, stars Allison Case (Hair, Mamma Mia, Nurse Jackie) and Zachary Booth (Taking Woodstock, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Darkhorse) and was released theatrically in Mexico.


11/26/2013

JG Thirlwell meets Andrew Wyatt on EVRadio

avatars-000037542068-1mw8f1-cropOn Friday, Nov 29 2013, JG Thirlwell will guest on Andrew Wyatt‘s “Radio Ingrid” show on East Village Radio. JG will discuss his two new albums, Foetus “Soak” and JG Thirlwell “The Blue Eyes Original Soundtrack Recording“. Andrew Wyatt is perhaps known to you as lead singer of Miike Snow, and he recently released his first solo album, “Descender”. The show airs between 2pm and 4pm EST.


10/21/2013

JG Thirlwell podcast interview for 5049 recs

1b325a387f561f34-thirlwellA podcast of a JG Thirlwell interview, conducted by experimental musician and composer Jeremiah Cymerman, is available through on Cymerman’s website, 5049 Records .


10/13/2013

Transmissions / Assemble ensemble at Ace Hotel in NYC

assemble_v3 (1)JG Thirlwell will be participating in a Performance of RAFT’s Transmissions in A and E on October 19 at the Ace Hotel in NYC. RAFT is the project of Pat Noecker (These Are Powers, Liars, No Things). RAFT gathers performers from NYC underground + experimental music scenes, scatters them around a room, and sets them loose — creating a personalized, fully immersive music experience that alters depending where you’re standing. The performance, in it’s simplest form is 11 musicians working to sustain the notes of A and E.

For this performance RAFT will be joined by Camilla Padgitt-Coles, Dana Schechter, Melissa Moore, Rachel Mason, Sabisha Friedberg, Brian Chase, Daniel Schlett, Greg Fox, Pat Spadine and JG Thirlwell.

The Ace Hotel is located at 20 West 29 street NY 10001


10/12/2013

JG brings “Cholera” to the Lausanne Film festival

tumblr_mgnf57J8ih1r26hzho1_500JG Thirlwell will be appearing at the Lausanne Film Festival in Lausanne, Swizerland on Oct 17 2013 in a rare performance of his new long-form work “Cholera Nocebo”. Also on the bill will be Leif Elggren, Jason Lescalleett, Aluk Todolo, Brian Lewis Saunders and Blackphone 666.

“Chloera Nocebo” is an electroacoustic suiite where Thirlwell performs on prepared piano, autoharp, electronics, samples and various small objects in front of a projection . JG hopes to record and release the project as an album in stereo and surround sound in 2014.


08/29/2013

Ectopic Ents unleashes new Foetus and JGT albums in October

photo 3Now 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.






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  • JG Thirlwell is a composer, producer, recording artist, and performer, based in Brooklyn NY. With a extensive body of work that spans over 25 years, Thirlwell has performed under such aliases as Foetus (all incarnations), Steroid Maximus, Manorexia, Baby Zizanie, Wiseblood, DJ OTEFSU, Garage Monsters, Flesh Volcano, Immaculate Consumptive, and Clint Ruin. In addition, Thirlwell has produced, mixed and/or performed on vast quantities of recordings including many of the releases on Lydia Lunch's Widowspeak label and artists as diverse as The The, Pantera, Nine Inch Nails, White Zombie, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Coil, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arto Lindsay, Marc Almond, Swans and countless others. Today, Thirlwell continues to release new records and currently serves as the soundtrack composer for The Venture Brothers on Cartoon Network.
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