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Thollem Mcdonas, I'll meet You Half Way Out In the Middle Of it All

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Thollem/Rivera plays both fully composed pieces and organized improvisations, absorbing ideas from many different sources and mixing them up until they often no longer resemble their original state. This music is of the world, a result of, and as interaction in it. Nuclear bombs, modern classical music, free jazz, cave paintings, gamelan and West-African drumming ensembles, flowers, weather patterns, Chinese and Hindustani music, cracks, lies, enzymes, punk, wind, traffic, whispers, chants, and chance, among infinite others, all play some kind of a role in the development of this music. Each piece is derived from its own unique set of principles, partially with the goal of making every piece distinct in both concept and character. Sometimes this music is fast and intricate, other times it is expansive allowing the complete decay of sounds. It is heavily rehearsed and spontaneous acoustic music. Utilizing only piano, percussion, and sometimes voice, you will still hear a tremendous amount of variety, an incorporation of an eclectic grouping of sounds and ideas.

Thollem Mcdonas - piano/vocals
Rick Rivera -drums

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"...varied and original...The duo has a great feel on the album. They work together like a tight and personal ensemble should. This is especially realized in parts of the tune “War Is Terror, Terror Is War”. The piece is a complexly structured avant-garde work, almost collage-like in effect. Rivera follows (and even sometimes leads) McDonas along the journey."
- Ryan McDermott, One Final Note (full feature story...)

“Like a fascinating drunk savant, Thollem/Rivera veer wildly between articulate cleverness and blunt incoherence. The quirk is that the incoherence is precise -- and that balance of reckless ingenuity, married with mathematical vamping, makes I'll Meet You Half Way Out In The Middle Of It All an intriguing (and aptly titled) recording.” - Sean Sullivan, Splendid

“…a small touch of madness…One does not ask everyone to be a genius of the music but to bring so much is great happiness.”- Fabien, Liability Magazine

“From time to time a name pops up completely out of nowhere that grasps you by your throat. That is what happened to me when I putted this cd in the player not knowing what to expect. This one heavily knocks on your door.” - Vital Weekly

" frightening technique and great structures, very refreshing." -Damon Smith, Bay Area Musician

“Absolute talent and creative energy unbounded here…” - Rotcod Zzaj

“Each piece of music is a small masterpiece of harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic confection”
- Eduardo Chagas

“Their interplay reaches more than a few snowy highs in this beauty of a CD, where Van Dyke Parks, Kurt

"Weill, Captain Beefheart, Thelonious Monk and Tom Waits are just a few of the many spiritual godfathers guiding the hands of this exceptional author.”
- MASSIMO RICCI, Touchingextremes

“Thollem's playing is unique -- derived from jazz, with a hyperactive attitude and densely packed twists and turns.”
-Craig Matsumoto, KZSU FM 90.1 Stanford