American pianist, keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher

“Thollem will take you on journeys across varied landscapes that flow effortlessly from one to the next — somehow emerging logically even in their unpredictability.”

Joan Jeanrenaud, liner notes for MEETING AT THE PARTING PLACE


Nov. 3rd – 5th (Palermo, Sicily) @ Prima Onda Festival – with the Sicilian Improvisers Orchestra (Album release concert of OmniLelioMatic on Superpang Records
Nov. 11th (Roma, IT) @ Santa Libbirata la Carretteria – Solo electric plus duo with Luca Nostro
Nov. 19th (Firenze, IT) @ CSA nEXT Emerson – Hot Pursuit Of Happiness + Duo with Al Mustaqil (Jacopo Andreini)
Nov. 25th (Torino, IT) @ Imbarchino – Obstacle Illusion LIVE



THOLLEM projects:

“An intense & virtuosic keyboardist”
Time Out, NY

Thollem is a perpetually traveling pianist, keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher.

He’s spent most of his life living on the road throughout North America and Europe. 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. Thollem’s known internationally as an acoustic piano player in the free jazz and post-classical worlds, as the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and as an electronic keyboardist through a multitude of projects.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Thollem began playing the piano, composing and improvising as a child, absorbing the sounds of his culturally diverse upbringing. As an adult he has continued to incorporate the breadth of musics he has experienced on his extensive travels. Since 2005, he has played over 1,500 concerts throughout N. America and Europe as a soloist and in collaboration with other musicians, dancers and filmmakers. In that time span, as lead facilitator or co-leader, Thollem has released close to 100 albums on 23 different vanguard labels. A very brief cross section of his many collaborators include William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, Stefano Scodanibbio, Nels Cline, Rob Mazurek, Ravish Momin, Michael Wimberly, Mike Watt and Carmina Escobar. He is the founding director of Estamos Ensemble, a Mexican-American cross border ensemble for musical exchange, the long-term temporary Guida of the Sicilian Improvisers Orchestra and is a published author about art, politics and his travels in NewMusic Box, The Anthology of Essays On Deep Listening, Full Moon Magazine (Prague) and First American Art Magazine.

“Thollem displays a chameleonic ability to adapt to suit whatever musical context presents itself… There is more than one way to access the infinite.”

Daniel Spicer, ​The Wire





“Thollem is simply one of the great improvisers of today.”

The Detroiter

“Overflowing and irrepressible exuberance.”

All About Jazz Italy





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