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.
The Venture Brothers Season 5 Premiere has been moved back to June 2nd 2013 at Midnight on Adult Swim / Cartoon Network. JG Thirlwell advises that you should continue to hold your breath as it’s going to be a wild ride. Go Team Venture!
JG Thirlwell will play a new extended version of his electro-acoustic piece “Cholera Nocebo” in Istanbul Turkey on May 10 at the Babylon Club. The piece premiered at Arts Birthday Party in Stockholm in January 2013. The show is part of the Vodafone Istanbul Calling concert series and is presented in collaboration with Bant magazine. This will be JG’s first performance in Turkey.
The River to River Festival is “28 days of transformative, investigative art in unexpected places across Lower Manhattan”. JG Thirlwell will appear in two special events at the River to River Festival in New York this June. Firstly, on June 23, JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia will appear in concert at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University on a bill with Pauline Oliveros and Susie Ibarra & Roberto Rodriguez. During the evening, Manorexia will perform pieces from the Manorexia oeuvre including the premiere of a new arrangement of Plastic Island In The Pacific. This event is presented by New York Electronic Art Festival (NYEAF) and Harvestworks.
Secondly on July 11 the organization ((audience)) presents Manorexia: Dinoflagellate Blooms in glorious 5.1 sound at Tribeca Cinemas. RSVP is required for this event.
Also appearing at the festival will be So Percussion, Two-Headed Calf & Yarn/Wire, Laurie Anderson, Bang On A Can, Hauschka, Kosminen, and Zeigler, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Maja S.K. Ratkje, Mantra Percussion, Paola Prestini and much more.
Sarsen Circle is a live recording made at Phill Niblock‘s Experimental Intermedia space during the celebration of Touch’s 30th anniversary. Conducted and organized by Touch’s Mike Harding, the recording feature JG Thirlwell along with Philip Jeck, Lary 7, Brian Turner, “GenKen” Montgomery and a host of others. It is available on download only from Touch here.The full personnel of the recording is Marcus Davidson – percussion; Mike Harding – Conductor (& percussion); Philip Jeck – Casio SK1 keyboard, effects, mixing desk and MD player; Dave Knapik – radio, iphones, Buddha Machine, Polaroid 450 Land camera, Knockman toys: the Pororon and the ChaCha, and police scanner; Lary 7 – contrabass; Ken Montgomery – Slepian Modified Casiotone M-10, Trogtronics 655 Black Box & Kaoss Pad; JG Thirlwell – laptop, keyboard; Brian Turner – guitar/amp; Andrea, The Enchantress of Bioluminosity – Zils.
JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia will be embarking on a series of European dates this Spring. The shows are as follows
25/04/13 Copenhagen, Denmark Marble Kerken
26/04/13 Dortmund, Germany Schauspielhaus
27/04/13 Hamburg, Germany Kampnagel
28/04/13 Berlin, Germany Roter Salon
29/04/13 Bydgoszcz, Poland Mozg
30/04/13 Komarom, Hungary Mediawave Festival
01/05/13 Pardubice, Czech Republic Divadlo
02/05/13 Krems, Austria Donaufestival
03/05/13 Munich, Germany Ampere
04/05/13 London ATP / Yeah Yeah Yeahs curate I’ll be your Mirror at Alexandra Palace
On this tour, JG Thirlwell (compositions / laptop) will be joined by Angharad Davies (violin), Tim Parkinson (piano), Nozomi Cohen (viola), Rachel Steadman (violin), Adam Morris (percussion) and Jessica Cox (cello), with Katy Cox filling in on cello on just the Munich date.