an adventure to the center of ourselves

Worlds In A Life is a new multimedia project by nomadic duo, Thollem and ACVilla. Utilizing samples from the six Thollem/Cline Trio albums as the primary sound sources, Worlds In A Life is, in essence, Thollem’s solo sextet with Nels Cline, Terry Riley, William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, and Michael Wimberly paired with live video by collaborator ACVilla. The duo take the audience on a journey in eight movements that is much like a nomadic storyteller’s, always keeping a general structure while enjoying the freedom to create a unique experience with each performance. Both Thollem’s and ACVilla’s real-time reassembling of their audio and visual recordings seem familiar and at the same time are unlike anything else. Philosophically, Worlds In A Life is a meditation on the intrinsic value of every individual in respect to their complex inner workings, biologically, chemically, electrically, psychologically, and culturally. It is a celebration of the infinite within each of us, known and unknown. The title of the show comes from the track titles of the first Thollem/Cline album with William Parker:

“there are as many worlds in a life as there are lives in the world.” 

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.

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. Her works have been presented in venues across two continents in myriad contexts, including DIYs, museums, schools, universities, film societies, and theaters. With her long-time partner, Thollem, she creates large projects from documentaries to touring multimedia experiences that take audiences on journeys navigated by the perpetually travelling duo.