JG Thirlwell has been commissioned by Decibel New Music Ensemble to create a graphic score for their 2 Minutes From Home project, where they commission 2 minute works for the Decibel Score Player., which is an app for IPad. The commissioned work will be presented as a video release showing the ensemble playing their parts in their homes together, alongside the score. Decibel New Music Ensemble will be publish 10 works throughout 2020 via their website and social media. Other composers in the series include Thembi Sodell, Gail Priest, Erik Griswold, Dan Thorpe, Jon Rose, Pedro Alvarez, Dominic Flynn, Amanda Stewart, Cathy Milliken, Lionel Marchetti, Haruka Hirayama, Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir and Marina Rosenfeld.
JG Thirlwell has been hard at work in 2020 creating brand new musical score for season 11 of Archer.When the pandemic hit, the Archer team had to reconfigure production, pushing the premiere date back. The eleventh season of Archer is now finally scheduled to premiere on September 16, 2020 on FXX.
JG Thirlwell has scored the new animated short-form series Dicktown, which airs as part of the live-action/animated hybrid anthology TV series Cake! on FXX. The show premiered on July 9 2020. You can also see it streaming on Hulu.
Dicktown was created by John Hodgman and David Rees, who wrote and star in the series as themselves. Hodgman plays “a grown up boy detective and David is my former high school bully turned partner.” Hodgman is an author who is well known for his appearances on The Daily Show and elsewhere. The show was produced by Floyd County Productions.
Thirlwell produced and performed the noir score at his Self Immolation Studio in Brooklyn, with contributions from guest musicians Pete Moffett on drums and Simon Hanes on guitar.
JG Thirlwell has contributed to the new Matmos triple album, The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form, which will be released on August 21 on Thrill Jockey. The album also features contributions by Oneohtrix Point Never, Mouse on Mars, clipping, Yo La Tengo, Max Tundra, Matthew Herbert, Jennifer Walshe, David Grubbs and many more. 99 musicians were asked to contribute something at 99bpm, and the results were expanded and folded into this sprawling album.
September 4 2020 sees the release of a new star-studded tribute album to Marc Bolan, produced by the late Hal Willner. AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T.Rex is out September 4 via BMG. It features contributions from Father John Misty, Lucinda Williams, U2 with Elton John, Joan Jett, Peaches, Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Todd Rundgren, Nick Cave, Kesha, Elysian Fields, Devendra Banhart and more. JG Thirlwell created arrangements of “Teenage Dream”, which is sung by Marc Almond, and “Ballrooms Of Mars”, which is sung by Emily Haines. Thirlwell’s arrangements were orchestrated by long-time Thirlwell collaborator Simon Hanes (Tredici Bacci). The album was Willner’s final project before his untimely death from Covid 19 in 2020.
freq_wave: seven seas is a collaborative sound project unleashing 84 rogue sound artists for the Ocean.
Curated by Carl Michael von Hausswolff, co-curated by Alonso Alonso Vazquez and commissioned by TBA21-Academy, the project will gradually unfold on the online platform Ocean Archive.
freq_wave: seven seas will launch in seven editions oceanic trajectory featuring the work of 12 sound artists and artist groups united in a monster wave to bring oceanic creativity to the fore.
“freq_wave: seven seas” takes the form of a web-based mixer where you can manipulate your own version of the piece.
JG Thirlwell appears on the second edition of freq_wave.
The long-awaited collaboration between JG Thirlwell & Simon Steensland will be released by Ipecac Records on April 24 2020. Entitled Oscillospira the album will be available on CD, double LP and digitally. JG Thirlwell and Simon Steensland’s collaboration first began in Stockholm in 2017 while Thirlwell was conducting his commission for the Great Learning Orchestra. Steensland happened to be sitting in with the orchestra, and Thirlwell was a fan of with his work already. The extraordinary drummer Morgan Ågren (Mats/Morgan band, Frank Zappa, Devin Townsend etc) plays on all the tracks, bringing them to life in an explosive manner. The record also includes contributions from a variety of guest musicians playing oboe, bass clarinet, violin, voice and further sonic embellishments to enrich the album. You can hear the first ‘single’ from the album here, and you can purchase the album here.
JG Thirlwell has created a new exclusive sound composition to accompany a light installation by Anne Katrine Senstad. The installation is titled Radical Light and is located at the new Kai Art Center in Tallinn, Estonia. Radical Light is a new monumental light environment installation on the boundless expansive experiences of perception and the potentials of space, light, and sound. It runs from Jan 26-April 26, 2020.
JG Thirlwell + Ensemble will be performing at St Pancras Church in London on April 18 2020.
JG Thirlwell + Ensemble is a chamber group project initiated by Thirlwell in 2018. JG rearranged several pieces from the Foetus repertoire and one Wiseblood song with long time collaborator Simon Hanes (Tredici Bacci) for the instrumentation of harp, piano, viola, acoustic guitar/bass and drums. In February of 2019 they played two sold-out shows at National Sawdust in NYC.
The London iteration of the ensemble will include Manorexia alumni Angharad Davies (viola, violin), Tim Parkinson (piano) and Adam Morris (percussion) along with Thirlwell and Hanes. Tickets are available here
*UPDATE* Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, this show has been rescheduled to October 24 2020.