In September 2022 JG Thirlwell will be taking part in the sound art project freq_wave (Pacific; Los Angeles)
freq_wave (Pacific; Los Angeles) is an immersive installation by pioneering new media and conceptual artist, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, who will transform the interior of the 100-inch Telescope at Mount Wilson Observatories with a visual and sound installation. The project brings together twelve individual sound works by twelve artists, each operating within a unique frequency range based on field recordings from the Pacific Ocean and amplified to act as a single, generative sonic zone.
The artists participating will include Greg Anderson, Jana Winderen, Minoru Sato, Jimena Sarno, Bethan Kellough, Tom Recchion, JG Thirlwell, Alba Triana, Jónsi, Lawrence English, Yan Jun and Richard Chartier.
freq_wave is part of the Fulcrum Festival. The installation will be open from 11am-5pm at Mt Wilson Observatory, Sep 23-25 2022.
Decibel New Music Ensemble will be performing their Two Minutes From Home project in concert on July 26 2022 at Melbourne Recital Center in Melbourne, Australia. The project includes pieces by JG Thirlwell, Aaron Wyatt, Marina Rosenfeld, Thembi Soddell and many others, who composed visual scores on their unique Decibel Score Creator program. Tickets are available here.
A new video has just been published on the JG Thirlwell YouTube Channel of a string quartet performance of the Manorexia classic ‘A Plastic Island in the Pacific‘. It’s from the concert ‘JG Thirlwell : String Quartets’ at the Noguchi Sculpture Museum in Queens, NY on August 9 2015. The concert was presented by Bang On A Can. You can watch the video here.
The quartet consisted of Adrianna Mateo on violin, Elena Moon Park on violin and trumpet, Isabel Hagen on viola and Clara Kennedy on cello. Live electronic treatments and manipulations were performed on the instruments by JG Thirlwell.
Please subscribe to the JG Thirlwell YouTube channel while you are there.
JG Thirlwell will perform his surround sound Silver Mantis project at the Tinker Street Cinema in Woodstock, NY on June 11 2022 at 8pm. Tickets are available here.
Silver Mantis is a 50 minute electro-acoustic presentation, performed with software and sampling and theremin. It is an immersive multi channel composition which allows for an elastic performance. Incorporating musique concrète and electronic sound along with live instrumentation, the composition is dynamic, cinematic and diverse with stylistic left-turns, creating a tension between time and anxiety.
It is performed with a projection created exclusively for the project by acclaimed Swedish visual artist Sten Backman.
Silver Mantis has been performed at Cafe Oto in London, Roulette in NYC and Elastic Arts in Chicago.
Ectopic Ents is proud to announce the long-awaited vinyl reissue of the second Foetus album, ACHE, to coincide with it’s 40th anniversary. Released under the moniker You’ve Got Foetus On Your Breath, the ACHE album was originally released in 1982 on JG Thirlwell’s Self Immolation label, whilst he was resident in London. It was recorded at Lavender Sound studio in South London and engineered by Harlan Cockburn.
On its release it was acclaimed by the music press, John Peel and even cited by Leonard Cohen on more than one occasion. Over the years the album has become a highly sought-after collectors item.
The 2022 reissue was meticulously remastered by Josh Bonati and is pressed on white vinyl in a limited run of 1000. The album is packaged with a reproduction of the original promo poster from the album and a download code for the album in either high quality 320kbps mp3 or wav files. In addition, each order includes a 5″ x 5″ sticker of the album cover art personally signed by JG Thirlwell. You can order the album at The Shoppe.
“Ache is possessed by a bristling, maniacal intelligence which spews out a jostling, surreal collage of subverted musical and verbal cliches, wired word associations, epigrams and sheer invective with frantic urgency and gleeful black humor. Ache is one of the most violently compelling records I’ve heard in ages.” Mat Snow, NME 12.11.1982
We have just published a brand new lyric video for the classic Foetus track ‘Instead…I Became Anenome’ to coincide with the 40th anniversary white vinyl re-issue of the second Foetus album ACHE. The song is the final song on the acclaimed album and the lyrics were quoted by Leonard Cohen on more than one occasion.
The video was created in 2022 by JG Thirlwell. You can watch it here at the JG Thirlwell YouTube channel.
We just published a video of JG Thirlwell + Ensemble at the Dec 7 2021 concert at Roulette NYC, performing the Foetus classic ‘Mortgage’. 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.
You can also subscribe to the JG Thirlwell YouTube channel.
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.
Tickets are available here, and you can receive a 50% discount on tickets by using the code JGTENSEMBLE