The Great Learning Orchestra is a network with more than hundred musicians embracing music and sound through the act of listening.Based in Stockholm, they incorporate musicians of different ability levels to engage in different forms of expression from improv to graphic scores.
JG Thirlwell created and workshopped some graphic scores with them, and subsequently was commissioned to write a long form piece. The large piece was in 11 movements and incorporated guided improv, instructional pieces as well as conventional notation.
An edited version of this piece appears in the new Great Learning Orchestra box set, Commissioned Work and Live Recordings. The triple CD set also includes works by Leah Asher, Cornelius Cardew, Christian Marclay, Pauline Oliveros, Christina Campanella and others, including GLO founder Leif Jordansson.
The box is a numbered limited edition of 200. You can order it on Bandcamp here in digital or physical versions. You can see the entire JG Thirlwell long-form GLO concert here.
JG Thirlwell has composed a piece for solo contrabass, to be performed by James Ilgenfritz. Entitled “Xigliox”, the composition will premiere at a concert by Ilgenfritz at Roulette in NYC on December 12 2013. Ilgenfritz will also be playing pieces from his recent CD, Compositions (Braxton), solo contrabass performances of the music of Anthony Braxton; plus Trio For Trumpet, Accordion, and String Bass, a classic mid-60s work from Pauline Oliveros; and a new piece that Ilgenfritz commissioned from Annie Gosfield. Thirlwell will accompany Ilgenfritz on his piece with “small intrusions of electronics”. To open the evening, Reinier Van Houdt presents a solo piano performance of Italian avant-garde composer Walter Marchetti’s new solo piano work Concerto per la Mano Sinistra in un Solo Movimento (Concerto for the Left Hand in One Movement).
The 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.
The Innova label has released “NYFA collection : 25 years of New York New Music”, a six hour 5 CD set devoted to recipients of The New York Foundation for the Arts’ fellowships in Music Composition and Sound. Thirlwell, who received a fellowship in sound and composition from NYFA in 2010, is featured on this collection, with the track “Ten Ton Shadow”. This huge and stunning collection also includes works by Annea Lockwood, Aaron Jay Kernis, Pauline Oliveros, Annie Gosfield, Meredith Monk, Elliott Sharp, Stefan Tcherepnin and many more. “Ten Ton Shadow” will also appear, in a different form, on the forthcoming Manorexia album.