On the evening of Friday, April 20th, we are proud to present keyboardist/songwriter Thollem, who will perform his newest work Technicolor Grey Zone, featuring the films of Martha Colburn, ACVilla and Tuia Cherici. Joining Thollem on the bill is Caleb Miller and Nick Weckman’s free jazz project Sun Trash (CMH) and jazz improv trio Stop By Fear. Doors 7:30pm, admission $5-$10. BYOB, all ages.
About Technicolor Grey Zone is a multimedia collaboration between Thollem and the films and video art of Martha Colburn (U.S./Holland), Tuia Cherici (Italy/France) and ACVilla (U.S.). TGZ is a powerful, responsive and unforgettable show pairing Thollem’s live electric score with Colburn’s stop-motion history of all of America’s wars in 10 minutes, Cherici’s wonder-inducing hand-built social commentaries, and ACVilla’s meditations on the present moment.
Thollem has worked with each of these artists on various projects throughout North America and Europe including Maxxi Museum (Rome), University of Illinois, Philadelphia Museum of Art, New Museum, SF MOMA, Crowley Theater, San Diego Institute of Art, Crystal Bridges, Toledo Museum of Art, Trinosophes, Pioneer Works, Northwest Film Forum, SITE Santa Fe, Sundance, Rotterdam Film Festival and more.
About the performers:
Thollem is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher. He’s spent his life skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally, geographically. His work is ever changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines. Though Thollem’s widely known as an acoustic piano player, he’s also the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and has recently branched out significantly into the world of electronics through a multitude of projects.
Sun Trash is a free music/ friendship duo of Nick Weckman (clarinet, trombone, voice, loops, uke, trash) and Caleb Miller (sax, MS-20, keys, clarinet, laptop, trash) based in Columbus, OH. They simply strive to make something together.
Stop by Fear is the unique collaboration between creative artists that share a love for adventurous musical styling and sounds. They have come together in anticipation of adding their voice to the universal cacophony of that very special music that generations have loved. The quintessential marriage of new music in the genre of modern jazz/free improvisation, jazz rock, ambient, experimental and the avant-garde, funk jazz music and Neo soul/R&B.
The main locomotive engine of this collective is L.A. Jenkins, a modern jazz guitarist/ composer; L.A. has many musical styles and interests and his art and creativity is on display in this presentation. His relaxed approach to his art is always about the music and the collaboration he forges with other like minded musicians.