Thollem McDonas: Presently living peripatetic pianist

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 — 12:00 AM
Tickets: $10 General, $5 Members
Tickets available at the door only


Nomads Of Infinity are compositions influenced by experiences gathered from his perpetual travels throughout his lifetime. Howled Ground is a non-stop athletic torrent of sounds and ideas. Thollem has been traveling freely for most of his adult life and touring perpetually for the last 7 years, gathering as many experiences as possible through this extreme lifestyle before he dies. Come share this moment with Thollem and others if you are still alive as well!

“His motion is kinetic, even as he slows, somehow expressing both patience and restlessness. He’s a magnificent player and his talent is most aweing when it’s just him and a piano.”
– Detroit Metro Times

“McDonas took the audience for such an exhilarating ride, leaving us gasping to keep up. Brilliant, bursting pearls in the astonished air, hands like ten pounding steam-pistons, a supercollider centrifuge of innumerable disasters, a churning black caldera bespattered with beautiful madness.”
– Tom Djll, Signal To Noise

“Among the principal features of the pianist’s style is the ability of overwhelming without letting one feel intimidated. The massive polychordal cascades, the rumbling (yet never rambling) arpeggios, the perseveration in locating the keyboard spots in which that roaring creature gathers energy and begins to fly. And then, just like that, the silence falls…”
– Massimo Ricci, TouchingExtremes (Italy)

“McDonas is known for his rapturous solo piano work which transgresses genre boundaries as much as it transcends them. And while his solo piano oeuvre is remarkable for its stylistic breadth and depth, McDonas has more pure technical ability than most musicians would know what to do with.”
– Dave Wayne, AllAboutJazz NY

“Thollem McDonas is one of the most captivating pianists working today.”
– Rui Eduardo Paes, (Portugal)

“Thollem inhabits a world uniquely his own, rhythmically, harmonically and formally.  A true original.”
– Terry Riley