"Unreal linear explosions, extreme imagination"
- Greg Burk, LA Weekly
"The experience might melt your mind."
- The Denver Westword
"An intense keyboardist"
- TimeOut, New York
As a songwriter and singer Thollem's released albums with long-term and ad hoc bands including Tsigoti (Jacopo Andreini, Andrea Caprara, Piero Spitilli and Matteo Bennici), The Hand To Man Band (Mike Watt, John Dietrich, Tim Barnes) and The Whistling Joy Jumpers (Jad Fair and Brian Chase). Last year his first solo album as a singer 'Machine In The Ghost' was released by Personal Archives Records. Tsigoti's 5th album will be coming out later this year. As a piano player and keyboardist he's released over 50 albums on 22 vanguard labels in free jazz, improvisation, post-classical and various realms of noise. He's been touring perpetually for the last 10 years collaborating with a wide array of musicians, dancers, filmmakers and grassroots political activists.
Thollem's Upcoming 2017 Releases
"Who Are U.S."- Thollem Electric Solo
3 box set on Aural Films (Out Now)
"Perception Management" - Conformity Contortion
(duo with Sara Lund from Unwound) on Personal Archives - March 12th
"Three Seasons" - Estamos Ensemble
on Edgetone Records - April 11th
"Blind Curves and Box Canyons" - Thollem/Mazurek
on Relative Pitch - April 21st
"Live In Our Time" - Thollem/DuRoche/St James Trio
on ESP-disk - Date TBA
Hot Pursuit Of Happiness is Thollem's solo show forging a fun-filled onslaught of PunkWorldNoiseBluesAvantAmericana through an unruly electrionic beast of vintage keyboards and stomp boxes. About the insane absurdity of 21st century America, always somewhere between being pursued and pursuing, healthy rage against it all, love and death, the time of our lives. New songs about now plus recent albums Machine In The Ghost, Always Put On Your Sincere Face and Tsigoti, and music from Howled Ground, Operation Sunbeam and Thollem's newest release Who Are U.S. When possible the show will be backdropped by a hyper-speed video of Silver Ochre's trip around the U.S. last year. Thollem's planning to bring HPOH to the continental U.S. from April 6th - Nov. 19th.
"Fluid keys pulverization"
- Brad Cohan, Spin Magazine
"The kind of fiercely independent artist the world needs more of"
"Thollem welds elements of blues into a mighty tower of song,
then shatters his construct with the breathless bull-rush of
a mystic improviser.” - Riverfront Times