“The kind of fiercely independent artists the world needs more of.” – LiveEye TV
For well over a decade Thollem and ACVilla’s collaborations have resulted in many different projects, including multimedia experiences as well as documentaries of artists engaged in their communities. Organizations within which Thollem and ACVilla have participated range from public and private schools to universities, from museums and film societies to DIY spaces and community centers throughout N. America and Europe.
ACVilla is a visual artist who focuses her camera on the subtleties of interpersonal dynamics and the power that context plays in constantly redefining what people believe they already know. ACVilla highlights those aspects of Life with an analog sensibility using digital equipment that fits into her nomadic lifestyle. She is known for contextualizations, her unique approach of projecting the outside world in.
ACVilla has been commissioned by the cross-border group Estamos Ensemble, the Rova Saxophone Quartet, and the Thollem/Riley/Cline Trio, among others. Her works have been presented in venues across two continents in myriad contexts.
As a perpetually traveling pianist, keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher, Thollem‘s approach is founded on the two questions, What if? and Why not?. As a result, his projects are ever-changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences. He is known in concentric circles as an acoustic piano player in the free jazz and post-classical worlds, as the keyboardist and vocalist for several bands, and as an electronic musician. Both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines, his lifelong interest has been to work with people from all walks of life, bringing artists and communities together in ways that create experiences uniquely valuable to everyone involved.
Livorno IT @ Teatro Refugio – site-specific residency
Palermo, Sicilia – work on The Story Of Curva Minore, a documentary
Santa Fe, NM @ Acequias de Las Joyas – continuing work on various documentaries
Poschiavo CH @ Uncool – workshop at local school and creating site-specific visual and audio recordings.
Amsterdam NL @ The Atelier – to gather material for 2024 documentary.
St. Erme FR @ Performing Arts Forum (PAF) – artists exchange.
Porto PT @ Sonoscopia – to develop site-specific piece.
Brooklyn, NY @ Pioneer Works – composing site-specific music and developing contextualizations.
Gary, IN @ Calumet Artist Residency – project about Joe Hill. ACVilla: contextualizations realized with public domain footage. Thollem: compositions of songs with lyrics inspired by Joe Hill.