"Unreal linear explosions, extreme imagination"
- Greg Burk, LA Weekly
"The experience might melt your mind."
- The Denver Westword
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.
"Fluid keys pulverization"
- Brad Cohan, Spin Magazine
Hot Pursuit Of Happiness is Thollem's spanking new solo show forging a friendly onslaught of PunkWorldNoiseBluesAvantAmericana through an unruly electronic beast of vintage keyboards, stomp boxes and a microphone. About 21st Century America and its insane absurdity, always somewhere between being pursued and pursuing, healthy rage against it all, love and death, the time of our lives. New songs about now and from recent albums Machine In The Ghost, Conformity Contortion, Tsigoti and Who Are U.S. When possible, the 2017 tour is set to ACVilla's hyper-speed video of Silver Ochre's trip around the U.S. last year: 48 states and 7 months in 47 minutes, 8 seconds. Thollem's bringing HPOH stateside statewide from April 6th - Nov. 19th.
"...a relentless zigzag of rhythms, densities, and moods that ranges
from kinetic, tightly wound flurries to calm, meditative queries."
- Peter Margasak, The Chicago Reader
"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
"An intense keyboardist"
- TimeOut, New York
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 - (Out Now)
"Suube Tube" - 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
"The kind of fiercely independent artist
the world needs more of"