Thank you, Thollem!

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

I’d like to say a few words about the beautiful and thoughtful performance by Thollem McDonas at our loft yesterday.  Those of you who have heard Thollem perform before know how he tirelessly flits from one germ of inspiration to the next with elegance and ease.  The fury of his storms and the gravitas of his timing are matched only by impeccable pedal technique and hand/arm position.  But what was most impressive to me was the simultaneous careful observance of his surroundings during his performance.  Every sound in the room, every fluctuation of energy was noted by Thollem’s sensitive ear and his reactions were immediate and poignant.  Silence became textural and a ringing cellphone became a duet partner.   Thank you, Thollem!  And until next time…

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