Who Are US Tour 2016
expresses 21st century America through the eyes and ears of two perpetually traveling artists. A series of 'moving stills' by ACVilla and Thollem's live original score and field recordings, the performance
highlights influences from the diversity of sights and sounds of this
Who Are US Tour 2016
MACHINE IN THE GHOST
New solo vocal project with keyboard and effects
"A mix of expertly crafted dissonance"
- Edd Hurt, Nashville Scene
"Drenched in many musical traditions, he makes an original brew."
Dolf Mulder, Vital Weekly (Holland)
Through the wood, sinew, skins, metal and fingers, one hears the years of experiential exploration, responsive nuances and overwhelming power in the Pebble Trio's joyfully intense playing. They cover a lot of territory in their performances conjuring epochs and eras, terrains and cultures. Improvised music, composed spontaneously out of the breadth of experiences.
Tim DuRoche (drums) / Andre St. James (bass) / Thollem McDonas (piano)
"Improvisation is part and parcel of a myriad of musical cultures.
Pianist and composer Thollem McDonas is not just aware of this fact, it is part of his daily existence." Dave Wayne, All About Jazz NY
“Composition is freedom and out of the woods comes this lonely melody that doesn’t recognize itself in the mirror because every time it is played it looks and sounds different. The tradition was originally about individuality not preservation. It was each musician’s job to find his or her own voice… Then acknowledge that each individual voice was part of a larger cosmic voice. So be healed by this music. Leap over tall buildings and bounce.”
Excerpt of the liner notes by William Parker
Carmina Escobar - Voice, electronics, field recordings (Mexico City)
Milo Tamez - Extended drumset (San Luis Potosí)
Thollem McDonas - Piano (San Francisco Bay Area)
An ever growing series of documentation about artistic engagement throughout N. America and Europe in the 21st Century
A workshop, party, and/or installation on participatory listening
for musicians and non-musicians alike
"Ears were open and minds were engaged as each sound carried a story, a meaning, and a connection to the participating listeners."
(Musician and Public Programs Assistant, Broad Art Museum)
Duos with Drummers (acoustic and electric)
Thollem has played with many great drummers, both famous and under-known, across stylistic borders, approaching each collaboration and situation uniquely in the further realms and sub-genres of rock, jazz and classical musics. Video playlist of live concerts with drummers Michael Wimberly, Moe! Staiano, Alex Cline, Nava Dunkelman, Lukas Ligeti, Brian Chase and Scott Amendola
a spirited and colossal collaboration between international touring pianist Thollem McDonas, multi-saxophonist producer Rent Romus.