Thollem’s Technicolor Grey Zone
Friday, June 1, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Pay what you wish, suggested donation $20/person
Do you enjoy bold, artistic experimentation? Hungry for creative ideas? Open your mind and take in six short, avant garde films accompanied by the live music of Thollem, a keyboard monster who smashes together jazz, classical, and noise using an analog synthesizer. Each filmmaker approaches the moving image in new, unconventional ways, using a variety of techniques to enthrall the senses and push viewers to meditate and contemplate. Thollem is currently touring Technicolor Grey Zone across the country. The evening will conclude with an artist meet-and-greet with Thollem and filmmaker ACVilla.
The evening will feature Martha Colburn’s stop-motion history of all of America’s wars in 10 minutes, Tuia Cherici’s wonder-inducing hand-built social commentaries, ACVilla’s meditations on the present moment, Allison Leigh Holt’s intimate and divergent realities of her glass sculptures Germaul Barnes’s spell of fortune and Peter Sparling’s conceptual integration of movement and video. Thollem has worked with each of these artists on various projects throughout North America and Europe including Maxxi Museum (Italy), Teatro Centre Municipal Culture (France), Teatro do Campo Alegre (Portugal), Central Park Summer Stage Festival, Philadelphia Museum of Art, SITE Santa Fe, Sundance, Rotterdam Film Festival and more.
Thollem is a classically trained pianist, but he prefers an improvisational approach that incorporates elements of free-jazz, post-classical, the Blues, punk, and noise. Thollem performs his live score on a Prophet Rev2 16-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer, accessing an infinite palette of sounds with his lightning-bolt fingers.
The evening will conclude with an artist meet-and-greet with Thollem and filmmaker ACVilla.
The Chicago Reader writes that Thollem’s music is “a relentless zigzag of rhythms, densities, and moods that ranges from kinetic, tightly wound flurries to calm, meditative queries.”
LA Weekly describes Thollem’s compositions as “unreal linear explosions, extreme, imagination”.
The music blog LiveEyeTV raves, “the kind of fiercely independent artists the world needs more of.”
For more information visit www.thollem.com/technicolor-grey-zone