September 2020 will see 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.
On Sunday February 2nd at (le) poisson rouge in NYC, Ghost Train Orchestra will perform a concert of interpretations of the works of Moondog with special guest singers JG Thirlwell, Karen Mantler, Joan Wasser, and Theo Bleckmann.
Tickets are available here
For this concert Ghost Train Orchestra will comprise of Matt Bauder, Andy Laster, Dennis Lichtman, Ron Caswell, Sara Schoenbeck, Curtis Hasselbring, Sara Caswell, Rob Garcia, Dina Maccabee, Maxim Moston, David Cossin, Chris Lightcap and Alex Waterman.
Ectopic Ents is proud to announce the long-awaited vinyl reissue of the first Foetus album, DEAF.
Released under the moniker You’ve Got Foetus On Your Breath, the DEAF album was originally released in 1981 on JG Thirlwell’s Self Immolation label, whilst he was resident in London. Over the years the album has become a highly sought-after collectors item.The 2019 reissue was remastered by Josh Bonati and is in a limited run on red vinyl.
We are proud to announce the issuing of the fourth limited edition silkscreen print by JG Thirlwell, entitled Pomoscape #4. This gorgeous art piece is a signed and numbered four-color screen print in Thirlwell’s signature palette of black, red, white and gray. It is printed on French 100lb cover paper, and is 24″ x 18.” which makes it easy to place in a standard sized frame. You can order the print here
The artwork is in a very small edition of 75, but only 60 copies will be made available in the Foetus Shoppe. The print sells for $75.00 plus flat postage and packaging fee of $15 in the US, $20 in Canada and $26 in the rest of the world. Since the print ships in a tube by itself, when ordering the print you cannot order other items in the same shipment. Other items (CDs, T-shirts, vinyl, tote bags, digital) must be ordered separately.
JG Thirlwell has been commissioned to create a new composition for new music guitar quartet Dither. It will premiere at the 2019 edition of Dither’s Extravaganza, a ‘raucous festival of creative music and art’. The event will occur at 17 Frost Theater of the Arts in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Sunday October 27 from 2pm – 9pm.
Along with the world premiere of JG Thirlwell’s new prepared guitar piece for Dither entitled ‘Feather Mask‘, the day long concert will feature Mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran, Mivos Quartet,Yva Las Vegass, Naeemah Z Maddox, Ryan Power, Tredici Bacci, Gyan Riley‘s Elixir featuring Taylor Levine, David Cossin & Greg Chudzik, Shelley Washington, an electronics/noise duo from Paula Matthusen & Philip White plus Jim Fletcher (Wooster Group/Elevator Repair Service/New York City Players) joining music/theater duo James Moore & Andie Tanning
JG Thirlwell presents the European premiere of his new ‘Silver Mantis’ project on October 20 2019 at Cafe Oto in London. ‘Silver Mantis’ is a four channel solo performance using prepared piano, electronics, and theremin, performed in front of immersive new visuals by Swedish visual artist Sten Backman. A truncated version of ‘Silver Mantis’ was presented at Roulette in NYC in July but this will be the debut of the full length version. Tickets are available here, just £8 in advance or £10 at the door.