The prolific Australian composer, producer, performer, visual artist and longtime DUMBO resident JG Thirlwell is an elusive but profoundly influential presence in New York City’s underground music world. Working under many pseudonyms, including Foetus, Manorexia, Baby Zizanie, Clint Ruin, and Wiseblood, his varied oeuvre—which stretches the gamut from orchestrations, big band, cathartic noise-rock to abstract electronics and sound sculpture, chamber music, serial music and imaginary soundtracks (sometimes all in the same album)—is linked by a dramatic intensity and an evocative, cinematic quality. He has collaborated with the likes of Nick Cave, Lydia Lunch and Soft Cell, done remixes for NIN and Pantera, scored Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim series The Venture Brothers , and been commissioned by Kronos Quartet and Bang on a Can. Celebrate Brooklyn! is proud to present Thirlwell’s rarely heard Steroid Maximus large ensemble, a big band/exotica mini-orchestra, in its NYC premier. Dr. Lonnie Smith, the turban wearing intergalactic overlord of the Hammond B-3, descends to earth with his trio for an opening set. “The organ is like sunlight, rain and thunder—it’s all the worldly sounds to me!” (Dr. Lonnie Smith)
If there is a common thread to his varied musical styles, it is a dramatic intensity and an evocative, cinematic quality. Thirlwell is also featured as producer or remixer on a wide variety of artist recordings, including releases for artists as diverse as Nine Inch Nails, Excepter, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Lydia Lunch,The The, Coil, Z's, and Swans. JG has completed commissions for Kronos Quartet, Bang On A Can and LEMUR and is also a member of the "freq_out" sound-art collective, who create on-site sound and light installations. JG performs live with a chamber version of his Manorexia project, and also scores The Venture Brothers , a cartoon on Adult Swim/Cartoon Network. JG Thirlwell received the 2010 New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship in Music/Sound.