Thollem McDonas

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Thollem McDonas
Profile:
Pianist/vocalist/composer/improviser, recipient of the 2006 National Endowment of the Arts Meet The Composer grant, was born Feb. 23, 1967 in the San Francisco Bay Area of Irish and Cherokee descent. He is presently living in Prague. He began his musical training as a young child rigorously studying the keyboard repertoire of European composers from the renaissance to the 20th century. After graduating with degrees in both piano performance and composition he chose to become homeless for several years, opting to wander and live out of a backpack, rather than pursue a career as a concert pianist with a suit and tie. It is because of these dichotomies and rich, wildly disparate experiences that his music is so dynamic and appeals to such a wide variety of audiences.
His travels as a performer have covered much of the North American continent and Europe. He has performed extensively as a soloist as well with groups. He is a founding member of several innovative ensembles, and is responsible, in full or in part, for many albums of original music, with Edgetone Records and Pax Recordings as well as some self released.
Thollem has performed in theaters, art galleries, universities, elementary schools, concert halls, jazz clubs, rock clubs, festivals, warehouses, house concerts, streets, forests, the Shoshone Desert at the Nevada nuclear test site, on television, radio, in circuses, and riots. He has performed piano concertos with symphonies, played in many free improv groups, West African drumming troupes, and Javanese gamelan ensembles, all the while working as an accompanist and a composer for opera and modern dance.
Currently Thollem primarily plays his own comprovisations which he calls post-classical circus punk world jazz free music, for people and everyone else. His music whispers/screams, "there are as many worlds in a life as there are lives in the world".
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Albums

EDT 5005a Thollem McDonas - I'llMeetYouHalfWayOutInTheMiddleOfItAll album art Thollem* / Rivera* Thollem* / Rivera* - I'llMeetYouHalfWayOutInTheMiddleOfItAll(CD, Album) Edgetone Records EDT 5005a US 2004 Sell This Version
EDT5005 Thollem McDonas - Everything's Going Everywhere album art Thollem* / Rivera* Thollem* / Rivera* - Everything's Going Everywhere(CD, Album) Edgetone Records EDT5005 US 2005 Sell This Version
PR90279 Thollem McDonas - Solo Piano album art Thollem McDonas Solo Piano(CD) Pax Recordings PR90279 US 2005 Sell This Version
Thollem McDonas - Poor Stop Killing Poor (Live In Detroit At The Bohemian National Home) album art Thollem McDonas Poor Stop Killing Poor (Live In Detroit At The Bohemian National Home) (Album) Edgetone Records US 2006 Sell This Version
EDT4037 Thollem McDonas - Sono Contento Di Stare Qua album art Edoardo Ricci & Thollem McDonas Edoardo Ricci & Thollem McDonas - Sono Contento Di Stare Qua(CDr, Album) Edgetone Records EDT4037 US 2006 Sell This Version
Thollem McDonas - Racing The Sun Chasing The Sun album art Thollem McDonas Racing The Sun Chasing The Sun (Album) Creative Sources 2006 Sell This Version
EDT4067 Thollem McDonas - Intuition, Science, And Sex album art Arrington De Dionyso & Thollem McDonas Arrington De Dionyso & Thollem McDonas - Intuition, Science, And Sex(CD) Edgetone Records EDT4067 US 2008 Sell This Version
AMRN019 Thollem McDonas - Noble Art - Comprovisation Concert For Two Pianos album art Thollem McDonas / Nicola Guazzaloca Thollem McDonas / Nicola Guazzaloca - Noble Art - Comprovisation Concert For Two Pianos(CD, Album) Amirani Records AMRN019 Italy 2009 Sell This Version
DSZEITC06 Thollem McDonas - On Debussy's Piano And... album art Thollem* / Scodanibbio* Thollem* / Scodanibbio* - On Debussy's Piano And...(CD, Album) Die Schachtel DSZEITC06 Italy 2010 Sell This Version
EDT4102 Thollem McDonas - Gone Beyond Reason To Find One album art Thollem McDonas Gone Beyond Reason To Find One(CD, Album) Edgetone Records EDT4102 US 2010 Sell This Version
Dromos003 Thollem McDonas - All For Now album art Thollem* & Dieterich* Thollem* & Dieterich* - All For Now(CDr, Ltd) Dromos Records Dromos003 Portugal 2010 Sell This Version
none Thollem McDonas - Songs Of Psychic Fire Vol. 1 album art Arrington De Dionyso + Thollem McDonas Arrington De Dionyso + Thollem McDonas - Songs Of Psychic Fire Vol. 1(CDr, Album + Lathe, 7", S/Sided, Blu) Not On Label none US 2011 Sell This Version
Thollem McDonas - The Gowanus Session album art Thollem* / Parker* / Cline* Thollem* / Parker* / Cline* - The Gowanus Session (Album) Porter Records US 2012 Sell This Version
AMRN031 Thollem McDonas - Polishing The Mirror album art MAGIMCThollem McDonas, Edoardo Marraffa, Stefano Giust MAGIMCThollem McDonas, Edoardo Marraffa, Stefano Giust - Polishing The Mirror(CD, Album) Amirani Records AMRN031 Italy 2012 Sell This Version
00295 Thollem McDonas - Sabrina Siegel / Thollem McDonas album art Sabrina Siegel, Thollem McDonas Sabrina Siegel, Thollem McDonas - Sabrina Siegel / Thollem McDonas(File, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, ogg, WAV, Album) Sabrina Siegel/Phronimos 00295 US 2013
WS02 Thollem McDonas - Dear Future album art Thollem* Dear Future(CDr) Wild Silence WS02 France 2013 Sell This Version
none Thollem McDonas - Volcanic Gremlin Magnet album art Million Brazilians, Thollem McDonas Million Brazilians, Thollem McDonas - Volcanic Gremlin Magnet(Cass, Album, Ltd, C54) Psychic Sounds none US 2014 Sell This Version
SM2650 Thollem McDonas - Trio Music Minus One (For Dennis Palmer) album art Thollem* / Robair* Thollem* / Robair* - Trio Music Minus One (For Dennis Palmer)(CD, Album) Setola Di Maiale SM2650 Italy 2014 Sell This Version
EDT4148 Thollem McDonas - Two Piano Concert at the Philadelphia Museum of Art album art Michael Snow & Thollem McDonas Michael Snow & Thollem McDonas - Two Piano Concert at the Philadelphia Museum of Art(CD) Edgetone Records EDT4148 US 2014 Sell This Version
NA-CD-016 Thollem McDonas - Dub Narcotic Session album art Thollem* + Chase* Thollem* + Chase* - Dub Narcotic Session(CD, Album) New Atlantis Records NA-CD-016 US 2014 Sell This Version
CD LR 709 Thollem McDonas - Imaginary Images album art Lukas Ligeti, Thollem McDonas Lukas Ligeti, Thollem McDonas - Imaginary Images(CD, Album) Leo Records CD LR 709 UK 2014 Sell This Version
RPR1041 Thollem McDonas - Radical Empathy album art Thollem* / Wimberly* / Cline* Thollem* / Wimberly* / Cline* - Radical Empathy(CD, Album) Relative Pitch Records RPR1041 US 2015 Sell This Version
SM2920 Thollem McDonas - Area Sismica album art MAGIMC ‎– Thollem McDonas, Edoardo Marraffa, Stefano Giust MAGIMC ‎– Thollem McDonas, Edoardo Marraffa, Stefano Giust - Area Sismica(CDr, Album) Setola Di Maiale SM2920 Italy 2015 Sell This Version
roar42 Thollem McDonas - Molecular Affinity album art Thollem* / Oliveros* / Cline* Thollem* / Oliveros* / Cline* - Molecular Affinity(LP, Album) Roaratorio roar42 US 2016 Sell This Version
PA//88 Thollem McDonas - Machine In The Ghost album art Thollem* Machine In The Ghost(CD, Album) Personal Archives PA//88 US 2016 Sell This Version