Thollem's solo piano work represents years of practice and study, as well as curiosity and joy, perpetual traveling and a multitude of collaborations throughout his lifetime. His compositions and different approaches articulate integrations and collisions of influences from the wide array of musical approaches and experiences that have informed, defined and inspired him. Throughout it all he has been delving into the piano, excavating depths of sound and energy through a torrent of wildly diverse sonic worlds.
"transgressing genre boundaries as much as he transcends them.”
- Dave Wayne, All About Jazz, NY
"Transforms 88 keys into a texturally staggering ensemble."
- Detroit Metro Times
Various Approaches/Large Compositions:
The Improbability Of Now
A relentlessly ecstatic torrent of sound
Revolutions Of The Moon
Original compositions of inspirations from Flamenco, Persian music, Cuban Son, Salsa, Eritrean music, Cajun,Blues, Bluegrass, Gamelan...
Facing East To The West
Meeting At The Parting Place
A combination of all 3, a spontaneous swirl of ideas
“It seems beyond the capacity of one human being to
contain so much densely-packed creative energy...”
- Tom Djll, Signal To Noise
"One of the most captivating pianists working today"
- Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (Portugal)
"An astounding pianist who understands the huge scope of the instrument."
- Terry Riley
“Atonal Jazz, Middle Eastern influences, relentless minimalism,
loaded blues and powerful expressionism...”
- All About Jazz (Italy)