The TSIGOTI quarter brings together Italians Jacopo Andreini on guitar, Andrea Caprara on drums, and Piero Spitilli on bass with California pianist Thollem McDonas for critical avant punk with a technically brilliant flair.
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8 page color booklet with lyrics and images.
Label: Post Consumer
Catalog ID: PCR-007
Squidco Product Code: 17607
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded by Tsigoti.
Thollem McDonas-piano, vocals
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"Thollem is a pianist, keyboardist, organist, 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. Though Thollem's widely known as an acoustic piano player, 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.
Thollem was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, studying the standard classical piano repertoire, composing and improvising since he was a young child and absorbing the myriad of sounds of his culturally diverse upbringing. After dedicating his 20s and 30s to grassroots political activism, he's refocused his attention these last 15 years on a breadth of musics that incorporate his myriad experiences and curiosities. In this last decade alone, he has played well over 1,000 concerts throughout N. America and Europe as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of musicians, dancers, and filmmakers. As leader or co-leader, he has released over 50 albums in that span on 22 different vanguard labels to international critical acclaim. "Thollem is an astounding pianist who understands the huge scope of the instrument" (Terry Riley) and who continues to delve into the furthest reaches and sub-genres of Post-Classical, Free Jazz, Noise, Punk, dance and film. A brief cross section of his many recent collaborators include William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, Stefano Scodanibbio, Nels Cline, Mike Watt, Rob Mazurek, Martha Colburn and ACVilla. He is the founding director of Estamos Ensemble, a Mexican-American cross border ensemble for musical exchange as well as the lead singer of the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti. Presently Thollem is developing an audio/visual experience about America through an 8 month, 48 state odyssey with his partner the videographer ACVilla. He's also a published author about art, politics and his travels in The Anthology of Essays On Deep Listening, Full Moon Magazine (Prague) and First American Art Magazine."-Thollem McDonas Website (http://www.thollem.com/bio.html)
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1. Tastes Like Thoughts Smell 1:27
2. Great White Lies 2:08
3. Goose Step Noose Tie 1:56
4. Systemic Sickness 2:22
5. Ballad Of A Thin Disguise 2:54
6. War's The Common Enemy 2:45
7. When The Curtains Move 1:37
8. Village In Ruin 2:49
9. More Than None 1:45
10. Drunk Under War Planes Spitting Bitter Pills 3:27
11. Tomorrow You'll Visit Why 1:24
12. Existence Fees 1:48
13. Consumer With Consumption 1:52
14. You're Against Us 1:33
15. The Reason We Do The Things We Do 1:47
16. Corruption And Ideals 1:38
17. Chronicles Of Thought Rearranged 1:50
18. 10 Ce 2:25
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Hailing three parts from Italy and one part from California, TSIGOTI's first album The Brutal Reality Of Modern Brutality was released on Edgetone Records in 2008 playing against the injustices of war. In 2010 Private Poverty Speaks To The People Of The Party was released by ESP-disk to critical acclaim.
The Imagination Liberation Front Thinks Again and Read Between The Lines...Think Outside Them are the next two chapters (August and October, 2012). In between, the coast-to-coast U.S. tour in 2010 stirred up enthusiastic audiences as have their numerous tours in Italy and Slovenia. Their members run the gamut of musical experience and they bring it all to their rebel stance in their recordings and especially their live shows. Thollem McDonas on keys and vocals, Jacopo Andreini on guitar, Andrea Caprara on drums, and Piero Spitilli replacing Matteo Bennici on bass round out the distinctive sounds and attitude of this unusual intercontinental band."-UCLA radio review
8 page color booklet with lyrics and images.
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