Thollem displays a chameleonic ability to adapt to suit whatever musical context presents itself…There is more than one way to access the infinite.
Daniel Spicer, ​The Wire

Since 2005 Thollem has released approximately 100 albums on 23 different vanguard labels, both solo and collaborative, exploring many different adventurous stylistic approaches in the realms and sub-categories of rock, classical, jazz & noise 

with a long list of both luminary and under-known musicians including:

William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, Nels Cline, Stefano Scodanibbio, Mike Watt, Susan Alcorn, Alex Cline, Carmina Escobar, John Dieterich, Tim Barnes, Jad Fair, André Stjames, Ava Mendoza, Tatsuya Nakatani, Cooper-Moore, Fay Victor, Suzy Boggus, Raven Chacon, Brian Chase, Sara Lund, Gino Robair, Jennie Knaggs, Arrington de Dionyso, T.D. Skatchit, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Edoardo Ricci, Rent Romus, Jacopo Andreini, Joel Peterson, Ray Johnson, Scott Stobbe, Drew Adams, Sean Adams, Merlin Coleman, Nicola Guazzaloca, Matteo Bennici, Andrea Caprara, Theresa Wong, Jorge Torres Sáenz, Ana Lara, Juan Felipe Waller, Glenn Weyant, Jon Brumit, John Niekrasz, Gregg Skloff, Mae Starr, Monte Trent Allen, Michael Carey, Hasan Abdur-Razzaq, Kurt Prisbee, Alexander Bruck, Julián Martinez, Kjell Nordeson, Skeeter Shelton, Joel Peterson, Rick Rivera, Emilio Tamez, Csaba Csendes, Dave Wayne, Piero Spitilli, Lisa Schonberg, Heather Treadway, Ian Kerr, Million Brazilians, Lukas Ligeti, Ed Petterson, Tracy Silverman, Ryan Norris, Vinny Golia, Miles Rozatti, Dylan Simon, Sabrina Seigel, Andre Custodio, Steven Baker, Francesco Dillon, Marco Rogliano, Daniele Roccato, Michael Wimberly, Rob Mazurek, Pete Abbott, Jeff Lederer, Freedy Johnston, Walter Egan, Mary Gauthier, Charles Walker, Markus Hunt, Matthew Ryan, Todd Clouser, Michael Bisio, Tim DuRoche, Lori Goldston, Samantha Boshnack, Abby Alwin, Piotr Michalowski, Roderick Hohl, Ravish Momin, Laura Ortman, Jessica Lurie, Marco Orozco, Yuka C. Honda, Christos Yermenoglou, Lelio Giannetto, Alessandro Librio, Eva Geraci, Orlando Greenhill, Jacqueline Kim, Peter Valsamis, Nikolas Francis, Steuart Liebig, Breana Gilcher, Miller Wrenn, Chris Jonas, Rosie Hutchinson, Carlos Santistevan, Tiffany DeFoe, Rick Kodramaz, Mat Weisman, Djallo Djakate, Jason Finkelman, Maria Karamouza, Seetha Shivaswamy, Samantha Boshnack, Matt Lux and Avreeayl Ra.

Labels: Astral Spirits, ESP-Disk’, Relative Pitch, Porter, Edgetone, Odradek, Pax, Creative Sources, Amirani, Saravah, Die Schachtel, Dromos, Post-Consumer, Union Pole Tapes, Thick Syrup, Setola Di Maiale, Wild Silence, Psychic Sounds, New Atlantis, Leo, Aural Films, Personal Archives, Two Rooms and Roaratorio. Compilation albums available on Bandcamp.

New releases!

The Reincarnation of
Henri Herz
Solo piano recording on an old forgotten piano at Sonoscopia in Porto, Portugal on BandCamp.
​’Obstacle Illusion’
Solo Electric/Acoustic on Astral Spirits Records​
with N.America
and Europe tour


The Light Is Real
In collaboration with Terry Riley and Nels Cline on ESP-Disk’
This Day’s Called Tuesday
Solo songs album​ on Personal Archives Records
August 5th

‘Duo per Lelio: Thollem /  Montera’
Live concert recording at Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa – Sala Perrierain Palermo, Italy
All donations will go to Curva Minore

In collaboration with the Sicilian Improvisers Orchestra on​ Superpang Records

‘Hope Harder’
Tsigoti’s 5th album on Personal Archives Records

Tribute to ESP_disk on ESP-Disk’
May, 2023


25 albums from Nov. 2020 – Oct. 2021
on Astral Spirits Records
formal and live recordings from Thollem’s 2019 tour edited, mastered, and released during the pandemic


Meeting At The Parting Place – recorded at Skywalker Studios (Odradek Records, 2016)
Dear Future, (WIld Silence, 2013)
Gone Beyond Reason To Find One (Edgetone Records, 2010)
Racing The Sun, Chasing The Sun (Creative Sources, 2008)
So Much Heaven, So Much Hell (Saravah, 2008)
Poor Stop Killing Poor (Edgetone Records, 2007)
Nuclear Bomb, Cave Painting (Pax Recordings, 2006)


Thollem’s Greatest Hits – Solo songs and synth (Bandcamp, 2019)
Who Are U.S. – Soundtrack for Who Are U.S. with filmmaker ACVilla, 3 disc box set (Aural Films, 2017) 
Machine In The Ghost – Solo songs dedicated to John Trudell and Black Lives Matter (Personal Archives Records, 2016)
Operation Sunbeam – Solo electric about the Nevada Nuclear Test Site (Aural Films, 2016)

with Andrea Caprara, drums; Matteo Bennici and Piero Spitilli, electric bass;
Jacopo Andreini, electric guitar

Read Between the Lines … Think Outside Them (Post-Consumer Records, 2013)
Imagination Liberation Front Thinks Again (Post-Consumer Records, 2012)
Private Poverty Speaks To The People Of The Party (ESP-Disk’, 2010)
TheBrutalRealityOfModernBrutality (Edgetone Records, 2008)


Dire Warning with Estamos Trio: Carmina Escobar, vocals & electronics; Milo Tamez, drums (Relative Pitch Records, 2018)
Suube Tube – Estamos Ensemble (Edgetone Records, 2017)
People’s Historia – with Estamos Trio (Relative Pitch Records, 2013)
Jimpani Kustakwa Ka Jankwariteecherï (Edgetone Records, 2011) 
This is a collection of improvisations and compositions written specifically for the ensemble by: Ana Lara (MX), Nels Cline (US), Juan Felipe Waller (MX), Pauline Oliveros (US), Joan Jeanrenaud (US), Vinny Golia  (US), Jorge Torres Sáenz (MX), William Parker (US), Thollem McDonas (US)

THOLLEM/CLINE TRIO with Nels Cline and special guests

Gowanus Session II with William Parker and Nels Cline (ESP-Disk’, 2020) 
Reality and Other Imaginary Places with Michael Wimberly and Nels Cline (ESP-Disk’, 2019)
Molecular Affinity with Pauline Oliveros and Nels Cline (Roaratorio Records, 2016)
Radical Empathy with Michael Wimberly and Nels Cline (Relative Pitch, 2015)
The Gowanus Session with William Parker and Nels Cline (Porter Records, 2012)  

The Gowanus Session is a sound sculpture.
It seems purposefully unlistenable…and I keep listening to it.



Trio Music Minus One for Pauline Oliveros with Gino Robair (Setola di Maiale, 2018)
Keyngdrum Overdrive: WITH! – duos with drummers: Csaba Csendes, Dave Wayne, Raven Chacón, Lisa Schonberg, John Niekrasz, Heather Treadway, Ian Kerr (Timpanies), Brian Chase, André Custodio, and Miles Rozatti (Union Pole, 2014) 
Perception Management by Conformity Contortion with Sara Lund (Personal Archives, 2017)
Impulsive Machinations by Conformity Contortion with Sara Lund (New Atlantic Records, 2014)
Trio Music Minus One with Gino Robair (Setola di Maiale, 2014)
Imaginary Images with Lukas Ligeti (Leo Records, 2014)
Dub Narcotic Session with Brian Chase (New Atlantic, 2014)
I’ll Meet You Halfway Out In The Middle Of It All with Rick Rivera (Edgetone Records, 2006)
Everything’s Going Everywhere with Rick Rivera (Edgetone Records, 2005)

BLOOM PROJECT with Rent Romus 

Sudden Aurora (Edgetone Records, 2009)
Prismatic Season (Edgetone Records, 2008)
Bloom with Jon Brumit & Steven Baker (Edgetone Records, 2006)

BAD NEWS FROM HOUSTON​ with John Dieterich

In the Valley of the Cloudbuilder (Post-Consumer Records, 2013)
AllForNow (Dromos Records, 2010)

OTHER COLLABORATIONS as initiator or co-conspirator

Lone Pine Road with Michael Bisio (Setola di Maiale, 2018)
Live In Our Time with André Stjames and Tim DuRoche (ESP-Disk’, 2018)
Your Letter Must Have Followed Me All Over The World – Microtonal Piano Album in collaboration with Clem Fortuna (Two Rooms Records, 2018)
Dub Narcotic Session Vol II with Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Todd Clouser (A Love Electric) (Personal Archives Records, 2018) 
Blind Curves And Box Canyons – Duo with Rob Mazurek – Recorded in conjunction with Rob’s “Marfa Loops, Shouts, Hollers” (Relative Pitch, 2017)
Always Put On Your Sincere Face – Collaboration with Andy Kaufman through a series of dreams (Personal Archives Records, 2016)
Happening in 12 Acts – with Ed Petterson, Jeff Lederer, Pete Abbott, Cooper-Moore, Fay Victor, Suzy Boggus, Jennie Knaggs, Carmina Escobar, Freedy Johnston, Walter Egan, Mary Gauthier, Charles Walker and Matthew Ryan (ESP-Disk’, 2016)
Rencontres Électriques / with Cercle pour la Libération du Son et de L’Image and Yochk’o Sefer (ACEL Liberté, 2016)
Two Piano Concert at The Philadelphia Museum Of Art with Michael Snow (Edgetone Records, 2015)
Nashville Electric with Ed Pettersen, Ryan Norris, Tracy Silverman, Dylan Simon (Edgetone Records, 2015)
The View From Up with Marco Rogliano/Francesco Dillon/Daniele Roccato (Setola Di Maiale, 2014)
Whistling Joy Jumpers with Brian Chase and Jad Fair (Thick Syrup Records, 2014)
Volcanic Gremlin Magnet with Million Brazilians (Psychic Sounds, 2014)
Rufus Distillery Limited with Gregg Skloff (Union Pole Tapes, 2014)
Emergency Management Heist by Soar Trio with Skeeter C.R. Shelton & Joel Peterson – Dedicated to Faruq Z. Bey (Edgetone Records, 2013)
Polishing the Mirror by Magimc Trio with Edoardo Marraffa and Stefano Giust (Amirani Records, 2012)
You’re Always On Our Minds by Hand To Man Band with Mike Watt, John Dieterich and Tim Barnes (Post Consumer Records, 2012)
On Debussy’s Piano And… with Stefano Scodanibbio (Die Schachtel, 2010)
Noble Art with Nicola Guazzaloca (Amirani Records, 2009)
Gigantomachia with Arrington de Dionyso, Gregg Skloff & John Niekrasz (ESP-Disk’, 2009)
Intuition, Science, And Sex by 10,000 Tigers with Arrington de Dionyso (Edgetone Records, 2008)
Two Revolutions by Box Deserter Ensemble with Hasan Abdur-Razzaq, Michael Carey, Marko Novachcoff, Joel Peterson, Kurt Prisbe, Steven Baker (Edgetone Records, 2007)
Sono Contento Di Stare Qua with Edoardo Ricci (Edgetone Records, 2006)