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Thollem McDonas: The Beauty of Never Going Back Home

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What is often forgotten about improvised music is that it can come from anywhere. Though its history is inextricably intertwined with jazz, 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. About 10 years ago, McDonas burst on to the improvised music scene; fully formed and with a sound all his own--one that owes surprisingly little to jazz-piano- as-we-know-it. Yet, McDonas is not disdainful or insecure about his relationship to jazz. If anything, jazz is just one of many ...



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