|JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia will be embarking on a series of European dates this Spring.
On this tour, JG Thirlwell [compositions / laptop] will be joined by Angharad Davies [violin], Tim Parkinson [piano], Nozomi Cohen [viola], Rachel Steadman [violin], Adam Morris [percussion] and Jessica Cox [cello], with Katy Cox filling in on cello on just the Munich date.”..his compositional interests… betray a samplists ear for appropriation and mutation of materials. Nino Rota and Bernard Hermann are strongly evoked on “Armadillo Stance” and “Canaries In The Mineshaft”, while elsewhere there are references to minimalism, particularly the more energised work of John Adams [such as the Carl Stalling inspired Chamber Symphony]. What saves this music from being mere pastiche is the force of Thirlwell’s imagination and obvious delight in discovering ways that these disparate styles can function together…..easing up on the breakneck attack that characterises the bulk of his music Thirlwell reveals himself to be an effective, often inspired composer.”
- Keith Moline, The Wire
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