12/5-12: Thollem McDonas

Thollem McDonas

pianist/composer/improviser etc.

Pacific Northwest Tour Portland dates

Dec. 5th at Enterbeing 1603 NE Alberta st

Thollem Mcdonas Piano

with an ensemble featuring a score by Scott Stobbe for violin, 2 saxophones, guitar, percussion and piano.

Dec. 6th at Worksound 820 SE Alder St.

with Derek Johnson-solo cello with slide projector

plus And, a Portland based band Featuring Scott Brazieal-piano Drew Adams-Guitar/vocals Kelvin Pittman-Saxophone, Drums.

Dec. 10th at Sound Roots School of Modern Music 412 NE Beech St.

Thollem McDonas-Solo Piano

Dec. 11th at the Artistery 4315 SE Division 7$ 7pm

Thollem McDonas-solo piano

plus Kimya Dawson, L’Orchidee D’Hawai,

and Angelo Spencer

Dec. 12th At the Boxlift Building 333 NE Handcock St. (free with donations for Thollem)

Featuring music for and with grand piano music by Thollem McDonas, Bonnie Miksch, Branic Howard and others.....

All shows except Dec. 11th, 8pm

5$ donation with no one turned away

His music is diverse, with each album and every concert exploring a variety of approaches and paths, resulting in dramatically different outcomes.

Thollem is a recent recipient of a Meet The Composer grant. He was commissioned by The Limon Dance Company for a large-scale piece in commemoration of their 50th year anniversary. Last Autumn he spent 15 weeks playing 65 concerts circumnavigating the U.S. This September he has been invited to perform the late works of Claude Debussy on the piano on which they were written, as well as his own comprovisations with Stefano Scodanibbio. This will be the first album (They're Seen From Other Places) ever recorded on Debussy's piano.

Thollem has performed in theaters, art galleries, universities, elementary schools, concert halls, jazz clubs, rock clubs, festivals, warehouses, house concerts, streets, forests, riots and on television and radio. He has performed piano concertos with symphonies, played in West African drumming troupes, Javanese gamelan ensembles, an afro-punk band, with hundreds of free improv groups, and as an accompanist and a composer for opera and modern dance. His music appeals to a wide variety of audiences because of these rich and wildly disparate experiences. Currently Thollem Primarily plays his own comprovisations he calls Eccentriclect Music, for people and everyone else.

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