An Evening with Thollem McDonas

Thollem McDonas is, quite simply, one of the most extraordinary keyboard artists you will ever hear. This performance will feature his “Electric Confluence”, which is inspired by both naturally occurring sounds as well as the myriad cultures that exist on this continent. Integrating the eclectic sonic experiences from his life long travels, Thollem’s comprovisations explore an infinite palette of sounds and possibilities. His electric set will be accompanied by ACVilla’s creative documentation of art in public spaces around this country. We’ll additionally be treated to a sample of Thollem’s solo piano virtuosity. There will be a Q&A following the performance, allowing the audience to learn more about Thollem’s innovative work.

“An intense and virtuosic keyboardist” (TimeOut, New York)

“Thollem creates a spectacular tapestry of different colored sounds reflecting his awareness, study and assimilation of countless influences” (Joan Jeanrenaud, Composer, Cellist, Kronos Quartet 1978-98)

“He’s absolutely mesmerizing… unleashing cascades of notes of seemingly impossible velocity and no matter where he goes tonally, it always seems right, fresh and satisfying” (Terry Riley)

“Thollem is a modern griot who has absorbed sounds from every place he has visited.” (William Parker)

“…bringing wide-ranging expression and invention to everything his restless, nomadic existence comes into contact with. Thollem’s maverick essence is magically evident.” (Nels Cline)

​”Thollem combines extreme imagination with terrific post-classical chops and an ability to communicate through melody.” (Greg Burk, LA Weekly)

Co-produced with the Shaking Ray Levi Society.

A sample of Thollem on piano

Thollem’s Website