JG Thirlwell + Ensemble will be performing as part of the Bang On A Can Long Play Festival on May 1 2022 at Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn. The Festival runs from April 29-May 1 2022 and will feature 60 concerts over three days at in eight different venues in Downtown Brooklyn. There will be performances by Attaca Quartet, Ashley Bathgate, Balún, Joan La Barbara, Kelly Moran, Matmos, Sun Ra Arkestra, Tristan Perich, Dither & Lee Ranaldo and many more, and works by Anthony Braxton, Arvo Pärt, John Luther Adams, Terry Riley, David Lang, Eliane Radigue, Galina Ustvolskaya, Robert Ashley, Ornette Coleman, Brian Eno, Julia Wolfe and more.
JG Thirlwell + Ensemble play chamber versions of some Foetus repertoire and will be premiering two new arrangements for the show. With Evan Allen on piano and accordion, Leah Asher on violin and viola, Rebecca El-Saleh on harp, Simon Hanes on acoustic guitar and bass guitar, Pete Moffett on percussion and JG Thirlwell on vocals.
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JG Thirlwell contributed a vocal performance to a project by his friend and colleague Teho Teardo. It’s a suite and it’s titled Dial S which was created for the new Sportmax fashion show. JGT performed the hypnotist voice at the beginning and Olwen Fouéré takes you through the six “rooms” of the suite with her vocals. You can hear the piece here.
We just published a video of JG Thirlwell + Ensemble at the Dec 7 2021 concert at Roulette NYC, performing the Foetus classic ‘Pareidolia’. This is re-edited from the Roulette Intermedium live stream, with additional footage shot by Gabe Garcia.The ensemble featured Evan Allen on piano, Leah Asher on violin, Rebecca El-Saleh on harp, Simon Hanes on acoustic guitar/bass, Pete Moffett on percussion and JG Thirlwell on vocals. You can watch the video here.
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JG Thirlwell created a new composition exclusively for a radio broadcast on the show Battiti on Italian station Rai 3 for his colleague Teho Teardo, who was guest curating. The piece is entitled ‘Cosmosis’ and was created entirely with manipulated and processed piano. Thirlwell’s section starts at 19.15 on this stream.
Faith No More just released the JG Thirlwell remix “Motherfucker (Calcitonin Mix)” on all digital services. It was created seven years ago, but previously available as the b-side to the “Cone Of Shame” 7”. Don’t expect something that sounds like FNM! You can hear it on YouTube here
JG Thirlwell has begun work composing the musical score for Season 13 of Archer, which will begin airing in the fall of 2022 on FXX. Thirlwell joined the show on season 7, so this is his seventh season writing the music.
In addition, a soundtrack album of Thirlwell’s scores from Archer, drawn from seasons 7-9, will be released later in 2022 via the Disney Music Group / Iam8bit. Go team Archer!
JG Thirlwell has recorded an album of his string quartets with Mivos Quartet. They were initially scheduled to make the album in 2020 but it was delayed due to the pandemic. Recording took place at Shiny Things Studio in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn with Mike Tierney recording and engineering. The album, entitled Dystonia, was made possible with funding from the Australia Council for the Arts. It should be released in late 2022.
JG Thirlwell + Ensemble played to a packed house at Roulette NYC on Dec 7 2021, performing chamber versions of some Foetus repertoire. With Evan Allen on piano, Leah Asher on violin, Rebecca El-Saleh on harp, Simon Hanes on acoustic guitar/bass, Pete Moffett on percussion and JG Thirlwell on vocals. The video stream of the show is available on YouTube. We will be re-editing some songs with additional footage and enhanced sound, which will be published later. Photo by Dan Efram
Mike Pride has taken material from punk band MDC’s iconic 1982 debut album, Millions of Dead Cops, and reinterpreted the songs as jazz standards. On the album, entitled I Hate Work, the virtuosic drummer Pride is accompanied by pianist Jamie Saft and bassist Bradley Christopher Jones. It was released on Nov 19 2021 on Rare Noise Records.
JG Thirlwell guests-vocalizes on the track ‘America’s So Straight’. A video for the song was directed by Anais Blondet, which you can see here.
The album also features appearances by Mick Barr (Ocrilim, Krallice), Sam Mickens (The Dead Science) and MDC frontman Dave Dictor.
JG Thirlwell’s Xordox will be performing at the Summit in Denver on October 30 2021, opening for Itchy O as part of their three night Hallow Mass extravaganza. Tickets are available here
Photo by Dustin Dis.