Ken Jacobs / JGT at BAMcinématek, NY

kenjacobs_613x463As part of BAMcinématek series “3D in the 21st Century”, BAM will present a program Ken Jacobs‘ films, including a rare screening of the acclaimed  Seeking the Monkey King, which features a score by JG Thirlwell (culled mainly from the Manorexia album Dinoflagellate Blooms). May 11th 2015, 7.30pm at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
“A reminder that, in a world of continuously streaming images, an artist like Mr. Jacobs challenges the tyranny of visual uniformity, and not simply with angry words.” —The New York Times

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.
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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.

Dinoflagellate Blooms 5.1 at Tribeca Cinema

JGThirlwell_profile1On July 11 2013 at 10pm, as part of the River To River Festival, ((audience)) presents JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia: Dinoflagellate Blooms at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St. This will be a rare opportunity to hear this classic album in the manner in which it was intended, in 5.1 surround sound in a darkened cinema. The composer will be present. Admission is free. To reserve a seat just RSVP at here.

((audience)) is a foundation established by Alexis Bhagat and Lauren Rosati in 2007, dedicated to the advancement of aural arts by providing wide Ambien Online distribution and new contexts for works by emerging and established sound artists and composers. ((audience)) explores the cinema as a 21st century concert hall.

JG Thirlwell at the River To River festival in NYC

2403A043A-B86B-400B-298D5CD6B41FF43AThe 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.

 

Manorexia European Tour Spring 2013

mano EU 2013 flyer_3JG 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.

Manorexia in Australia

adelaide festJG 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.

Manorexia live in Nantes on the First of September!

Manorexia will play an exclusive one-off European concert at Les Rendezvous de l’ Erdre  Festival in Nantes, France on September 1, 2012. This show will be unique in that it is the first show as a combination of the two Manorexia ensembles. Some of you may know that JG has a pool of musicians both in London and NYC that comprise Manorexia EU and Manorexia NY respectively. For this show, Peter Wise (percussion) of Manorexia NY will be joining UK-based members Angharad Davies (violin), Tim Parkinson (piano), Nozomi Cohen (viola), Rachel Steadman (violin) and Katy Cox (cello). This will also be the first Manorexia show on French soil.

 

JGT meets Zola Jesus at the Guggenheim

JG Thirlwell is working with Zola Jesus on a performance of her works at the Guggenheim Museum on May 10, 2012. The performance by Zola Jesus will feature string quartet and electronics as a departure from her regular instrumentation, and JG Thirlwell has composed the string arrangements for the concert and will act as musical director. The string players will be the Mivos Quartet, with Manorexia alumni Elena Moon Park guest substituting for Mivos’ Olivia DePrato. The performance will be part of Divine Ricochet, a Guggenheim Music Series.

Manorexia London show announced

JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia will play a rare London show on April 12 2012 at Union Chapel. The show is being presented by All Tomorrow’s Parties in conjunction with the First Contact agency. The ensemble will include previous Manorexia UK stalwarts Angharad Davies, Tim Parkinson and Dan Gresson, along with former alumni Jessica Cox and Rachel Steadman. The instrumentation of the ensemble is two violins, viola, cello, piano, concert percussion and laptop. Tickets are on sale now via Gigantic, See Tickets and HMV. More European Manorexia dates will be announced soon. The latest Manorexia album is the acclaimed Dinoflagellate Blooms, which is available in stereo and 5.1 surround sound .

Ken Jacobs film with Manorexia score at Sundance

Ken Jacobs’ film Seeking The Monkey King, which has a score by JG Thirlwell, will be showing in the Short Film Program at the Sundance Film Festival. The score is drawn and re-edited from the Manorexia album Dinoflagellate Blooms. The New York Times said ” “Seeking the Monkey King” is a reminder that, in a world of continuously streaming images, an artist like Mr. Jacobs challenges the tyranny of visual uniformity, and not simply with angry words. His work opens your ears and mind, and, simply put, has no like in the multiplex, the art house or even most festivals.” The film was just cited as one of the best of 2011 by Village Voice critic J.Hoberman.

The film will show at the following times in Utah:

01/23/12 4:00 p.m. Redstone Cinema 7, Park City
01/24/12 9:00 p.m. Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City
01/25/12 5:30 p.m. Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
01/28/12 6:15 p.m. Holiday Village Cinema 2, Park City