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Sound Workshop: A Gathering of Listeners

Date: Sunday, May 27th
Location: 505 Hickory Ridge Rd. (just past Putney Student Travel)
Time: 2-4 p.m.
A potluck/bbq will follow.
We will passing a hat around to collect donations for Thollem.
He’ll also have albums for sale, if you’d like to exchange bills for music.

Thollem McDonas’ sound workshops are open to anyone interested in deepening their experience with sound. The workshops are equally beneficial and enlightening to musicians as to those who have never played an instrument. The workshop helps to wake us up to the infinite variety of sounds around us as well as to deepen our relationship with music as listeners and creators. Through discussion and simple exercises, the workshop focuses on the basic building blocks of sound, acoustics and sonic environments, the evolution, biology and psychology of hearing, modern and extinct sounds, silence(?) and ultimately the joy of listening.

About the artist:
Thollem grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, the son of a dedicated piano teacher. He began teaching private and group piano and theory lessons when he was 13 years old. Over the years, as a teacher, Thollem has worked with musicians and non-musicians alike in a wide variety of approaches and techniques through private lessons and large ensembles, in music conservatories, high school concert bands, with developmentally disabled adults and children, the incarcerated, the elderly, youth symphonies and chamber ensembles. He has been traveling perpetually for years working within communities throughout North America and Europe, collaborating with a wide array of musicians, dancers, filmmakers, writers, poets, and painters.