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.
JG Thirlwell will be making his first ever live appearance in Australia on Mar 4 2013 when he appears with his Manorexia ensemble in a bill with Kronos Quartet (w/special guest Bryce Dessner) at the Adelaide Festival. The concert will take place at the Thebarton theater in Adelaide. For this concert, Thirlwell will travel to Australia with NY Manorexia alumni Peter Wise (percussion) and David Broome (piano), and the ensemble will be augmented by string ensemble Zephyr Quartet. At the moment this will be the only Manorexia date in Australia. Also appearing at the Adelaide festival will be Laurie Anderson, Deerhoof, Buke and Gase, Goran Bregović, Calder Quartet with Iva Bittova, Van Dyke Parks, Neil Finn & Paul Kelly plus an Unsound portion of the fest featuring Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), Demdike Stare, Lustmord, Emeralds and many more. More news when it becomes available.
On October 8 and 9 2010, Kronos Quartet will have a two night run at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge. On the 9th, Kronos Quartet will once again playing JG Thirlwell’s second commission for them, Eremikophobia, which they had premiered at Carnegie Hall in March. They will also be playing pieces by Michael Gordon, Clint Mansell and Dan Visconti. Le Poisson Rouge is located at 158 Bleecker Street NYC. Tickets are $25.
Kronos Quartet will be performing a newly commissioned piece by JG Thirlwell at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 12. Entitled Eremikophobia, which means fear of deserts and sand, the multi-movement eighteen minute piece will open the evening. The evening’s program also features toy piano virtuoso Margaret Leng Tan and Portuguese instrument builder Victor Gama. To conclude, Kronos will be joined by Matmos in a tribute to Terry Riley.
Read further, buy tickets and see a clip of David Harrington of Kronos Quartet talking about the evening here. Additionally, you can read Thirlwell’s notes about his composition . There are currently no plans to record Eremikophobia, so don’t miss it!
Update 03/14/2010: JGT thanks everyone who came out to the Kronos Quartet concert at Carnegie Hall last Friday for the premiere of “Eremikophobia”, and discusses his composition.
J.G. Thirlwell continues work on new commissioned compositions for the Kronos Quartet, which will potentially premiere in 2010.
Thirlwell’s first commissioned composition for Kronos, entitled Nomatophobis, premiered 7th April 2006 at Zankel Hall in New York (alongside pieces by Terry Riley and Glenn Branca). Kronos will again perform the piece:
- 11th Mar 2009 as part of the MusicNow festival at Memorial Hall, Cincinnati OH
- 27th Mar 2009 at the University of Notre Dame
- 14th Apr 2009 at Cal State Sacramento
- 8th May 2009 at Palatia Jazz in Speyer Germany
- 5th Jun 2009 at The Sydney Opera House in Australia
- 6th Jun 2009 at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Australia
It was part of the programme on 24th Oct 2008 at the Uppsala Konsert & Kongress in Uppsala, Sweden; and on 15th Nov 2008 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, NM. Previous performances have included Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco on 8th Jan 2007; Royce Hall at UCLA in Los Angeles on 20th Jan 2007; at Theatre d’Arras in Arras France on 1st June 2007; on 22nd Jul at the CSU Summer Arts Festival in Fresno, CA; and on 27th Jul at Rancho Nicasio in California.
Nomatophobis is unrecorded as yet, and will be featured in future Kronos programmes as deemed appropriate.