Thollem McDonas brings a panoply of original creations both acoustic and electric to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, playing pieces from his solo piano album, Meeting At The Parting Place(Odradek Records), an electric piece he calls “13 Billion Years To Tomorrow” that integrates the concepts from new scientific discoveries as well as a duo with special guest Emily Hay.
“Listening to Thollem McDonas play the piano is an astonishing experience. He has an innate ability to compose transcendent music using the piano as his expressive voice and to explore the depth and range of the instrument like no one else. He will take you on journeys across varied landscapes that flow effortlessly from one to the next — somehow emerging logically even in their unpredictability. Thollem creates a spectacular tapestry of different colored sounds reflecting his awareness, study and assimilation of countless influences. In Terry Riley’s own words, Thollem McDonas is ‘a true original’.” (Joan Jeanrenaud, Composer, Cellist, Kronos Quartet 1978-98)