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Thollem McDonas

Thollem McDonas is a composer, pianist, improviser, teacher and writer.  He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of Irish and Cherokee descent.  At the age of five, he began studying the keyboard repertoire from the medieval to the 20th century and studied with many notable teachers including Aiko Onishi and Lou Harrison.  After graduating with degrees in both piano performance and composition, he dedicated his 20s and 30s to grassroots political activism.  In 2005, he refocused his attention on a breadth of musics that incorporate his myriad experiences and curiosities.  In this last decade alone, he has played well over 1,000 concerts throughout North America and Europe as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of musicians, dancers, and filmmakers.  As leader or co-leader, he has released almost 50 albums in that span on 19 different vanguard labels to international critical acclaim.  “Thollem is an astounding pianist who understands the huge scope of the instrument” (Terry Riley) and who continues to delve into the furthest reaches and sub-genres of Post-Classical, Free Jazz, Noise, Punk, dance and film

Meeting At The Parting Place

Label: Odradek Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Revelations of the Sun; Facing West to the East; The Improbability of Now; And Each Other.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Thollem McDonas: Meeting At The Parting Place

Read "Meeting At The Parting Place" reviewed by Francesca Odilia Bellino

Il pubblico di intenditori italiani conoscerà già il pianista, improvvisatore e attivista Thollem McDonas per essere rispettivamente pianista e cantante di una delle band anarco-jazz-punk combo italiane più interessanti e pazze degli ultimi anni: Tsigoti (quattro dischi bomba per ESP). Ma Thollem McDonas è anche qualcosa d'altro, soprattutto nell'avanguardia americana (San Francisco) e non solo date ...

Meeting At The Parting Place

Label: Odradek Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Revelations of the Sun; Facing West to the East; The Improbability of Now; And Each Other.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Thollem McDonas: Meeting At The Parting Place

Read "Meeting At The Parting Place" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Coming at improvisational music from the classical realm, pianist Thollem McDonas remains resolutely outside of the main stream of the jazz world. Primarily inspired by, as he puts it in his liner notes to Meeting at the Parting Place, ..."European concert music from the Renaissance to the 20th Century and jazz, particularly of the '60s and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Thollem McDonas / Michael Wimberly / Nels Cline: Radical Empathy

Read "Radical Empathy" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Radical Empathy is the second in a series of three musical encounters between keyboardist and musical instigator Thollem McDonas and multi-disciplinary guitar whiz Nels Cline. The first collaboration, titled simply The Gowanus Session (Porter Records, 2008), featured bassist William Parker and was notable for its resolute resistance to free jazz cliché. Uncannily, it found Cline, McDonas, ...

I 10 CD nel CD player di... Nicola Guazzaloca

Read "I 10 CD nel CD player di... Nicola Guazzaloca" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Massimo De Mattia -Quartet Hypermodern (Rudi Records -2014). Un lavoro in cui le individualità emergono nitide ed autorevoli, ogni elemento è inserito nel processo con salda intenzione e responsabilità, con sottesa energia lungo un percorso timbricamente vario e stratificato, a snodarsi fra le geometrie evocate dal flauto di De Mattia nel pulsare di ...

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Label: Relative Pitch Records
Released: 2013
Duration: 04:09

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For All Those Yet To Come

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Label: Edgetone Records
Released: 2010
Duration: 04:00


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