Wednesday October 21 8pm, donations appreciated
Thollem Electric – electric piano [NM]
Jill Burton – voice [FL]
Andrea Pensado – solo noise piano [Salem MA]
Las Pollas: [Holyoke, Salem, Lowell MA]
Jenifer Gelineau – violin
Stephanie Marie Germaine – voice, electronics
Andrea Pensado – voice, laptop
Another exceptional evening featuring nationally recognized sound artists and local improvisers. Thollem began studying piano at the age of 5. At 14, he began teaching and authoring his own compositions. Shortly after he graduated with degrees in piano performance and composition from San Jose State University, the Gulf War began. He abandoned the academy in his 20s to pursue direct political action. Eventually he merged these concerns, using music and performance at protests to draw attention to pertinent issues. Eventually he resumed his professional music career on [his] own terms, integrating his … political ideologies into his compositions and performances. He is constantly in motion, playing solo concerts, concerts with various groups—both established and ad hoc—and leading workshops and clinics.
“Thollem dives headlong into fascinating unforeseen and bold musical adventures that make him one of the most interesting pianists of the current improvised music genre…the result is the natural consequence of being intrinsically eclectic at heart.”?
~ Eduardo Chagas, TomaJazz, Portugal
“Thollem welds elements of jazz, blues and classical music into a mighty tower of song, then shatters his construct with the breathless bull-rush of a mystic improviser.”
~ The River Front Times, St Louis
Jill Burton is an American improviser, extended vocalist, dancer, performance artist and energy worker. Noted as one of the great foundation improvisors of America, she is also known for incorporating spiritual healing with improvised performance. Active in the American improv scene since the early 1970s, she has lived and worked all over the country, including a ten-year stint in the 1980s as part of the downtown East Village experimental arts community, and six years in Sitka, Alaska, where she worked with Tlingit storytellers providing musical accompaniment for their healing stories. Burton is unusual for a musician in that her work is ephemeral, in-the-moment, and therefore recordings of her work are rare.
“Jill Burton brings her voice and physical form as the two main tools of her trade. Her bio includes training in ballet and classical music at an early age, while having quickly developed an affinity for improvising in performance. Ms. Burton was a witness and participant in the profound cultural and interdisciplinary possibilities of the 1980?s arts renaissance that blossomed out of the then near-apocalyptic urban collapse and wholly non-commercial NYC/Lower East Side scene.”
~Matt Gorney, Avant Music News
Produced by Stephanie Marie Germaine.