Ilgenfritz plays JG in Indiana

Screen shot 2015-09-17 at 12.32.55 PMJames 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.

JG Thirlwell pens new composition for Burroughs opera

10.16_experiments_in_opera_temp_imageJames Ilgenfritz has commissioned JG Thirlwell to compose a composition for an opera with the text based on William S. Burroughs cut ups of Clockwork Orange author Anthony Burgess. The piece will form part of a larger opera entitled The Travel Agency is on Fire, drawn from a book of Burroughs cut-up experiments, where he re-appropriates everyone from William Shakespeare and Arthur Rimbaud to William Wordsworth and James Joyce. The other composers contributing to the opera include Jason Cady, Natacha Diels, Anne Guthrie, James Ilgenfritz, Travis Just, Lukas Ligeti, Charlie Looker, Elliott Sharp, Aaron Siegel and Katie Young.  
The opera will premiere on October 16 2015 at John Zorn‘s club The Stone in NYC as part of James Ilgenfrtiz’s residency. It will be performed by the Anagram Ensemble, consisting of  Megan Schubert, Amirtha Kidambi, Nick Hallett and  Michael Douglas Jones (voices) PK Harris and Sarah Bernstein (violins), James Moore (guitar), Jonathan Singer (percussion), Brian Chase (drums), James Ilgenfritz (basses) and Nathan Koci (conductor)

JG Thirlwell on "NYFA 25" 5CD collection

The Innova label has released “NYFA collection : 25 years of New York New Music”, a six hour 5 CD set devoted to recipients of The New York Foundation for the Arts’ fellowships in Music Composition and Sound. Thirlwell, who received a fellowship in sound and composition from NYFA in 2010, is featured on this collection, with the track “Ten Ton Shadow”. This huge and stunning collection also includes works by Annea Lockwood, Aaron Jay Kernis, Pauline Oliveros, Annie Gosfield, Meredith Monk, Elliott Sharp, Stefan Tcherepnin and many more. “Ten Ton Shadow” will also appear, in a different form, on the forthcoming Manorexia album.