[Local events] FWD: Thollem McDonas December dates

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Mon Dec 1 18:59:00 PST 2008

from Portland New Music Society:

Thollem McDonas


Pacific Northwest Tour
Portland dates

All shows (except Dec. 11) at 8:00 pm, with $5.00 suggested donation (no 
one turned away)

See end of message for McDonas bio


Friday, Dec. 5

1603 NE Alberta St.

with an ensemble featuring a score by Scott Stobbe for violin, 2 
saxophones, guitar, percussion and piano


Saturday, Dec. 6

820 SE Alder St.

with Derek Johnson, solo cello with slide projector


And, a Portland-based band featuring
Scott Brasil, piano; Drew Adams, guitar/vocals; Kelvin Pittman, 
saxophone and drums


Monday, Dec. 8

Boxlift Building
333 NE Handcock St.

Thollem McDonas plays late works of Claude Debussy
Branic Howard performs "Auf einem Anderen Blatt" by Wolfgang Rihm


Wednesday, Dec. 10

Sound Roots School of Modern Music
412 NE Beech St.

Thollem McDonas, solo piano


Thursday, Dec. 11
7:00 pm

4315 SE Division

Thollem McDonas, solo piano

plus Kimya Dawson, L'Orchidee D'Hawai, and Angelo Spencer


Friday, Dec. 12

Boxlift Building
333 NE Handcock St.
(free, with donations suggested for Thollem)

Featuring music for and with grand piano, by Thollem McDonas, Bonnie 
Miksch, Branic Howard, Lisa Marsh, Dennis Floyd


His music is diverse, with each album and every concert exploring a 
variety of approaches and paths, resulting in dramatically different 

Thollem is a recent recipient of a Meet The Composer grant. He was 
commissioned by The Limon Dance Company for a large-scale piece in 
commemoration of their 50th year anniversary. Last Autumn he spent 15 
weeks playing 65 concerts circumnavigating the U.S. This September he 
has been invited to perform the late works of Claude Debussy on the 
piano on which they were written, as well as his own comprovisations 
with Stefano Scodanibbio. This will be the first album (They're Seen 
 >From Other Places) ever recorded on Debussy's piano.

Thollem has performed in theaters, art galleries, universities, 
elementary schools, concert halls, jazz clubs, rock clubs, festivals, 
warehouses, house concerts, streets, forests, riots and on television 
and radio. He has performed piano concertos with symphonies, played in 
West African drumming troupes, Javanese gamelan ensembles, an afro-punk 
band, with hundreds of free improv groups, and as an accompanist and a 
composer for opera and modern dance. His music appeals to a wide variety 
of audiences because of these rich and wildly disparate experiences. 
Currently Thollem Primarily plays his own comprovisations he calls 
Eccentriclect Music, for people and everyone else.



Portland New Music Society is an informal group of musicians, composers 
and sound artists in the greater-Portland-area who create experimental 
composed and structured improv music. We put on monthly concert events 
which often include first-time collaborations, debut performances and 
group/audience participation pieces

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