Feb/Mar 2014 : More impressions of Morocco, in Marrakech, Casablanca and on the road during my visit for the Marrakech Biennale.
JG Thirlwell will be leading a conversation and Q and A with the legendary Genesis Breyer P-Orridge at an event on March 23, 2014 at 2pm at the Rough Trade store in Brooklyn, NY. The event is to celebrate the publication of a new photographic book tracing P-Orridge’s life history. Genesis P-Orridge first rose to infamy as a member of Fluxus and Dada inspired performance art terrorists Coum Transmissions. He went on to form the highly influential Throbbing Gristle with Peter Christopherson, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti. After their dissolution he formed the collective Psychic TV which were interested in fetish, magic and ritual. Genesis went on to transform his/her body as a devotee and exponent of pandrogeny, a ‘third gender’ project launched in the late 90′s with wife and life-partner, Lady Jaye, who died in 2007. At the event Breyer P-Orridge will also be signing the book and other related items on sale at Rough Trade.
1/15/14 Du Yun's new opera Angel’s Bone was performed in a read-through at the magnificent Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan. Jennifer Charles of Elysian Fields played (and sang) the part of a fallen angel, while Abigail Fischer, the brilliant mezzo soprano (who also sings on the last two Foetus albums) played the part of the maleficent Mrs XE. The men’s vocal roles were taken by Peter Tantsis and Marc Kudisch, supported by the wonderful Choir of Trinity Wall Street and a chamber orchestra. The opera was dissonant and disturbing, at times nightmarish with it’s vocal wailing juxtaposed with jarring tonal clusters. It climaxed with a piece which depicted the death of Mr XE accompanied by a pounding concert bass drum and stentorian horns, to intense effect. This video does not depict that Angel’s Bone, but one of Du Yun’s other pieces, Fallen Warriors.
An interview with Leonard Cohen on Richard Belzer’s talk show “Hot Properties” from 1985 recently surfaced on line and was brought to my attention by a piece in Dangerous Minds. Leonard gives JG Thirlwell props (at about 9.40), or as Dangerous Minds puts it, “Somewhat unexpectedly, Cohen muses that “Gums Bleed” by eclectic Australian musician JG Thirlwell, performing at that time under the name You’ve Got Foetus on Your Breath, is one of his favorite new songs.”
Here’s the trailer of a documentary about Martin Bisi / BC studios, a recording studio in Brooklyn where I did a bunch of work in the 80s and 90s, as did Sonic Youth Swans, Dresden Dolls, Live Skull, Bill Laswell, Eno, Iggy and dozens of others. I make a sneak appearance.