Worlds In A Life

“Thollem’s improvisational and compositional wizardry has many dimensions”
– Brad Cohan, Jazz Times

Worlds In A Life is a new project that evolved organically out of Thollem’s most recent album with Nels Cline and Terry Riley (Other Minds Records). Utilizing samples from the six Thollem/Cline Trio albums
as the primary sound sources, Thollem has, in essence, created a solo sextet with Nels Cline, Terry Riley, William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, and Michael Wimberly. This is a real-time performance combining electro-acoustic sensibilities with unique keyboard technique and omni-idiomatic improvisation. Creating new sounds from these live re-mixes the results resemble something familiar and at the same time unlike anything else. What if? and Why not? are the two leading questions generating surprises at every twist and turn. The title of the albums and the performance comes from the track titles of the first album with William Parker: “there are as many worlds in a life as there are lives in the world.” This music is a celebration of the limitless palette of sounds and the infinite within each of us, seen and unseen. Thanks to Nels, William, Michael, Pauline, Terry, Porter Records, Relative Pitch, Roaratorio, ESP-Disk’ and Other Minds!

ACVilla will be joining Thollem in performances throughout Europe and N. America in 2024 as a multimedia improvising duo. Together they have created a show in eight movements, much like storytellers, keeping the general structure, but with enough freedom to perform it uniquely each time. Worlds In A Life is a meditation on the intrinsic value of every individual in respect to the infinitely
complex inner workings, intellectually, historically, biologically, chemically, electrically,
psychologically, culturally, and.

Worlds In A Life, One (ESP-Disk’)
“The point, I believe, isn’t to make [the music] sound organic or artificial. Rather, it’s to make something entirely new using used parts created by various trios and mold them into a genuine piece of aural art made by a six performers, using the intuition of one.” – S. Victor Aaron, Something Else!

Worlds In A Life, Two (ESP-Disk’ April 5th)

“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

Upcoming Engagments
Feb 9th (World Wide) Official Release Of Worlds In A Life One on ESP-Disk
Mar 7th (Lisboa, PT) @ Casa do Comum
Mar 10th (Meldola, IT) @ Area Sismica
Mar 16th (Bologna, IT) @ Scuola Popolare di Musica Ivan Illich
Mar 21st (Faenza, IT) @ Clan Destino
Mar 30th (Livorno, IT) @ Teatro Refugio
Apr 5th/6th (Dublin, IE) Metronome Series @ The National Concert Hall – Release concert for Worlds In A Life, Two (ESP-Disk’, April 4)
June 15th (Philadelphia, PA) @ Pageant Soloveev (Fire Museum Presents)
Aug 24th (Seattle, WA) @ The Wayward Series at Good Shepherd

Thollem/Cline Trio

Thollem/Cline Trio’s collaboration on their first five published albums is available as a digital box set: the first and fifth with William Parker on Porter Records and ESP-Disk’, the 2nd and 4th with Michael Wimberly on Relative Pitch and ESP-Disk’, and the 3rd with Pauline Oliveros on Roaratorio. Other Minds Records has released The Light Is Real with Terry Riley December 2023.

“The session is akin to a sound manifestation from another planet”
– David Cristol, Jazz Magazine (France)

“The result, at once familiar and alien, constitutes
a startlingly fresh take on the free improv ethic“

– Dave Wayne, All About Jazz, NY

“a relentless zigzag of rhythms, densities, and moods that range from
kinetic, tightly wound flurries to calm, meditative queries“

– Peter Margasak, The Chicago Reader

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