"A wild whirlwind...Music for a muscular matchup"
- Jazz Weekly
Thollem McDonas and Lukas Ligeti possess something
rare but all the more valuable: voices of their own. While
arguably part of the American Maverick tradition, they
have both studied the canon of classical music and
have digested the idiom of jazz and the many-armed
traditions of free improvisation. But they are, ultimately,
individualists, dancing to drummers very much of their
own invention. In an age of conformity, these non-
conformist musicians point towards an exit from creative
gridlock, combining their respective languages and finding
common ground by accepting the challenge, by listening
and reacting to each other in the most surprising ways.
- from the liner notes by Mark Keresman
"A fresh, disciplined avant-pianist with an attractively extreme viewpoint” (LA Weekly), Thollem is a peripatetic pianist/keyboardist, comproviser, singer-songwriter, educator, and author. His musical compositions and performances range from post-classical, to free jazz, to noise to punk rock. He has been touring perpetually throughout North America and Europe since 2006, performing solo works as well as collaborating with hundreds of musicians, dancers, and filmmakers. He is the founding director of Estamos Ensemble,
a project bringing together improvisers and composers across the Mexico/U.S. border, as well as groups as diverse as Tsigoti, Bloom Ensemble, Soar Trio, Magimc, Hand To Man Band, and Bad News From Houston.
“An intense and virtuosic keyboardist" (Time Out New York)
Transcending the boundaries of genre, the Austrian, New-York-City-based composer-percussionist Lukas Ligeti has developed a musical style of his
own that draws upon downtown New York experimentalism, contemporary classical music, jazz, electronica, as well as world music, particularly from Africa. Known for his non-conformity and diverse interests, Lukas creates music ranging from the through-composed to the free-improvised, often exploring polyrhythmic/polytempo structures, non-tempered tunings, and non-western elements. Other major sources of inspiration include
experimental mathematics, computer technology, architecture and visual
art, sociology and politics, and travel. He has also been participating in
cultural exchange projects in Africa for the past 15 years.