Date(s) - 04/13/2018
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Independent Media Center
- New Music
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With a synthesizer and a microphone, Thollem’s Hot Pursuit Of Happiness forges elements of punk rock, blues, and psychedelia, among many other influences. Including new songs and solo arrangements of Tsigoti songs, with “fluid keys pulverization” (Brad Cohan, Spin Magazine), Thollem’s work is ”political debauchery and a forward vocal delivery … that comes a-swingin’ right out of the gate” (Chocolate Grinder, Tiny Mix Tapes).
Over the last decade, Thollem’s toured non-stop internationally, recording with over a hundred different musicians from a wide variety of genres resulting in more than 60 albums on 22 different vanguard labels. As a vocalist, Thollem’s been releasing albums the last 10 years with his Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti (5th album soon), Hand To Man Band (Mike Watt, John Dieterich, Tim Barnes) and Andy Kaufman plus his initial solo album ‘Machine in The Ghost’. He’s planning on releasing the first HPOH album later this year. Thollem has performed and recorded with members of Deerhoof, The Minutemen, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Half Japanese, Wilco, Unwound, Old Time Relijun, Cibo Matto, Jealousy Party, Stars Like Fleas, Tenderizor and more.
Sharing the evening is the Improvisers Exchange Ensemble, a student performance component of a multifaceted program, supported by the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois, broadly exploring improvisation across musical genres. The Spring 2018 ensemble features M.O. Abbott (trombone, electronics), Christopher Hartley (electric guitar), Justin McAdara (electric trombone), and Jason Finkelman (percussion, laptop electronics).