Keyboard and voice
Hot Pursuit Of Happiness
Songs about anarchy and apple pie in the 21st century.
The songs on this page are approximations of the
direction the project might possibly sound/feel like at
any given time as it absorbs and processes sounds
and ideas. Come for the adventure, not the predictability.
- Ernie Paik, Chattanooga Pulse
"An attractively extreme viewpoint."
- Greg Burk, LA Weekly (US)
“Expect a mix of expertly crafted dissonance.”
- Edd Hurt, Nashville Scene
"An intense and virtuosic keyboardist"
- TimeOut New York
Thollem's widely known as an acoustic piano player,
composer, improviser, traveler, author, activist and
teacher. He has collaborated with hundreds of artists
across the stylistic spectrum with musicians, dancers,
filmmakers and activists. As a keyboardist Thollem
has released albums with a wide array of musicians
including: 'Thollem/Cline Trio' with Nels Cline of Wilco;
'Hand To Man Band' with Mike Watt of The Minutemen,
fIREHOSE, Iggy and The Stooges, John Dieterich of
Deerhoof and Tim Barnes from SIlver Jews; '10,000
Tigers' with Arrington de Dionyso of Old Time Relijun
and Malaikat Dan Singha; 'Whistling Joy Jumpers' with
Brian Chase of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Jad Fair of Half
Japanese; 'Conformity Contortion' with Sara Lund of
Unwound, Corin Tucker Band, Hungry Ghost; 'Tsigoti'
with members of Jealousy Party, L'Enfance Rouge and
Motociclica Tellacci (Andrea Caprara, Jacopo Andreini,
Piero Spitilli and Matteo Bennici), Gino Robair
(Tom Waits) and...
This is the first Hot Pursuit Of Happiness album.
Label and release date TBA.
Almost all of this music was made with my chopped Yamaha - pf10
(thanks to Kevin Zoernig) run through pedals that were given/loaned to
me by John Dieterich of Deerhoof (Electro Harmonix Frequency Analyzer), BearFoot FX (Fuzz, Distortion and Tremolo) and Analog Outfitters
(Super Sarge Guitar Tube Amplifier, and their vibrato scanner, both
made from old Hammond Organ parts).