Utilizing present technologies and modern approaches to music, Thollem will be producing modern arrangements of radical song-writer Joe Hill’s more obscure songs. He will be bringing in a cast of NY musicians with a core of Yuka C Honda, Ravish Momin, Michael Wimberly, Laura Ortman to help re-introduce the life and words of Joe Hill to today’s audiences, layering the struggles in this country 100 years ago with those of our present socio-political experiences.
Thollem’s invited ACVilla to create music videos. She’ll be mixing multiple projections of affected archival footage with fresh scenes of the U.S. onto the architecture in and surrounding Pioneer Works.
Thollem is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher. He’s spent his life skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally, geographically. 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 widely known as an acoustic piano player and serial collaborator, he’s also the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and has recently branched out significantly into the world of electronics through a multitude of projects.