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Thollem Electric Confluence
MUSIC | 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.

Coronavirus and How it is Affecting Artists by Thollem

Greetings from Miami!

A lot of my friends and colleagues have been hit hard by cancellations of concerts, festivals, tours all over the world because of the Coronavirus, myself included… so, I’m continuing with my call to support my work in this moment in time by purchasing my music. That said, if you are not in immediate danger of financial ruin please reach out and support us artists in general. Go to shows, if they haven’t been canceled, buy our music and art, commission new works, etc. This is quickly becoming a tangible disaster for the arts community at large for what is already an exceptionally difficult life. Most of us barely eek out a living with our work as it is. There’s basically no middle class for independent artists, and unfortunately, most money spent on music goes to the top .0001%. For me, I spent hundreds of hours setting up my upcoming tour, none of which I am paid for until I actually show up for the concerts and workshops, which means I won’t be paid for any of that work. And the organizations who were presenting me are also taking huge hits, many of whom may not be able to continue after this. I know many people are experiencing disruptions in their lives, and clearly the global economy is taking a big hit, so I am not petitioning you lightly, and frankly it’s uncomfortable for me as well as most artists to promote ourselves this way or to even talk about money at all. All of that said, Bandcamp is a great way to support me as well as so many other amazing musicians around the world. As artists we are in complete control of how much we charge and how we organize our platform on there. As opposed to all of the corporate distributors of music (I don’t need to mention their names). Bandcamp takes a small percentage from the top of sales and the rest goes directly and immediately to the artists. Today, I’m featuring my first Electric Confluence album which I published last year.

His omnivorous interest in styles and format is dizzying, but he maintains a steady focus on Electric Confluence Vol. 1, an album comprised simply of solo synth instrumentals. Thollem uses this formalist restriction to launch into a wide array of sounds, gliding all over the map in pursuit of whatever next idea interests him. What we’re left with is a record full of surprises that both engages and challenges the ears.
Marc Masters, Bandcamp Best Experimental albums of January, 2019

There’s also tons of other music on my account with a myriad of great musicians (mostly compilation albums with tracks from all of my published albums). Please check them out and please give us extra love right now!

Love, Thollem

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.

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