Electric

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

An intense and
virtuosic keyboardist.

Time Out, New York


While known internationally for his acoustic piano work in improvised and post-classical music, Thollem’s leapt into the electric with various solo projects and albums as well as a slew of collaborations with an incredible list of musicians. Performing solo, he has a panoply of eclectic approaches that vary from electro-acoustic and noise to blues to punk to sounds inspired by the wide array of cultures he’s had the privilege to experience and work within over the years. Thollem’s performances are a celebration of sound and ideas rich with eclectic influences and inspired by the myriad sonic experiences on his life long travels throughout well over 20 different countries

“…bringing wide-ranging expression and invention to everything his restless, nomadic existence comes into contact with. Thollem’s maverick essence is magically evident”

Nels Cline, Bandcamp

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Thollem was exposed to the music of a wide array of communities that influenced his development as a musician including cultures with roots from East Africa, Japan, China, Persia, Latin America, Ireland, Indonesia, Vietnam, Russia and The Balkans, as well as Jazz, Blues, Punk, Country, along side his classical piano training and the Avant Garde. He has spent much of his adult life touring throughout N. America and Europe. His solo electric work integrates the myriad musical sounds and approaches he has been privileged to experience and study.

Thollem’s released several solo albums on Aural Films Records (San Francisco) and Setola di Maiale (Italy) including A Day In The Leap, Who Are U.S., Operation Sunbeam and Worlds In A Life ​as well as a few directly to Bandcamp including Electric Confluence, Howled Ground and ​13 Billion Years To ​Tomorrow.

At Kuumba Jazz ©ACVilla

“His omnivorous interest in styles and format is dizzying, but he maintains a steady focus on
Electric Confluence, an album comprised simply of solo synth instrumentals. 
Thollem uses this formalist restriction to launch into a wide array of sounds,
gliding all over the map in pursuit of whatever next idea interests ​him.
What we’re left with is a record full of surprises that​ both engages and challenges the ears.”​

Marc Masters, Bandcamp

​​​”Fearlessly eclectic” – Ernie Paik, Chattanooga Pulse
 “Thollem’s ​eclecticism can be mind-boggling” – The Isthmus, Madison, WI​​​ ​​​

​”Transgresses genre boundaries ​as ​much as he transcends them”
– Dave Wayne, All About JazzNY

“Drenched in many musical traditions, an original brew”
– Dolf Mulder, Vital Weekly

Thollem with Sunken Cages and ACVilla