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Thollem & ACVilla "Worlds In A Life" + Pureply with the films of Margarida Garcia

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Thollem & ACVilla Worlds In A Life:

“Thollem’s improvisational and compositional wizardry has many dimensions” – Brad Cohan, Jazz Times

Worlds In A Life is a new project that evolved organically out of Thollem’s most recent album with Nels Cline and Terry Riley (Other Minds Records). Utilizing samples from the six Thollem/Cline Trio albums as the primary sound sources, Thollem has, in essence, created a solo sextet with Nels Cline, Terry Riley, William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, and Michael Wimberly. This is a real-time performance combining electro-acoustic sensibilities with unique keyboard technique and omni-idiomatic improvisation. Creating new sounds from these live re-mixes the results resemble something familiar and at the same time unlike anything else. What if? and Why not? are the two leading questions generating surprises at every twist and turn. The title of the albums and the performance comes from the track titles of the first album with William Parker: “there are as many worlds in a life as there are lives in the world.” This music is a celebration of the limitless palette of sounds and the infinite within each of us, seen and unseen.

Thanks to Nels, William, Michael, Pauline, Terry, Porter Records, Relative Pitch, Roaratorio, ESP-Disk’ and Other Minds!

ACVilla will be joining Thollem in performances throughout Europe and N. America in 2024 as a multimedia improvising duo. Together they have created a show in eight movements, much like storytellers, keeping the general structure, but with enough freedom to perform it uniquely each time. Worlds In A Life is a meditation on the intrinsic value of every individual in respect to the infinitely complex inner workings, intellectually, historically, biologically, chemically, electrically, psychologically, culturally, and more.


PurePly (they/them) is a black Philadelphia-based producer, sound alchemist, and composer whose music celebrates the boundless possibilities inherent in technology. Their works explore diverse soundscapes, ranging from the distorted space of harsh noise to the ethereal tranquility of ambient sounds. PurePly incorporates live improvisational techniques to infuse their music with fun and spontaneity. PurePly will create a spontaneous soundtrack for the film "Wintering" by Margarida Garcia.

Margarida Garcia:

Born in Lisbon, 1977.

Currently works in Antwerp and Lisbon.

Develops work in music, film, installation and drawing since 1997.

In 2002 is awarded with the Experimental Multimedia Art fellowship Ernesto de Sousa, by the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, the Luso American Foundation and the Experimental Intermedia Foundation.

Some artistic collaborations include, Thurston Moore, Loren Connors, Mattin, David Maranha, Manuel Mota, Jeff Perkins (from Fluxus), Marcia Bassett and Graindelavoix (Björn Schmelzer). Other collaborations include Eddie Prevost, John Tilbury, Alex Neilson and Otomo Yoshihide.

In 2018 she publishes together with Björn Schmelzer, a 500 page book/catalogue Time Regained, a Warburg Atlas for Early Music, by MER publisher in Gent, on the occasion of the exhibition by the same name.

Her films and visual work have been exhibited in New York, Lisbon, Brussels, Barcelona, Iowa, Bristol, Regina, Budapest, Nitra and San Francisco, Utrecht, Warsaw and Antwerp.

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