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Thollem McDonas – Meeting At The Parting Place | Odradek Records

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

“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. Meeting At The Parting Place 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’.”
— from the liner notes by Joan Jeanrenaud, Composer, Cellist (Kronos Quartet cellist 1978-98)

“Thollem is a modern griot who has absorbed sounds from every place he has visited, and, like a plant, he leaves seeds that find soil and grow as beautiful sound memories for the listener.”
— William Parker

Thollem McDonas – Meeting At The Parting Place | Odradek Records

  1. Revelations of the sun
  2. Facing west to the east
  3. The improbability of now
  4. The improbability of now – 2
  5. And each other
  6. And each other – 2

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“fearless experimentation … super-human handwork”
— Brad Cohan, NYC Jazz Record

“transforms 88 keys into texturally staggering ensemble.”
— Detroit Metro Times

“endless worlds of possibility”
— J. Lawrence, Columbia Free Times

“One of the most captivating pianists working today”
— Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt

“An attractively extreme viewpoint. Unreal linear explosions”
— Greg Burk, LA Times

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