On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 7:30 pm, the Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library presents a set of improvised music by pianist Thollem McDonas and drummer Alex Cline in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium of the Main Library at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
McDonas has toured literally nonstop for over a decade, performing around the world solo and in collaborations with artists from contemporary classical music, free jazz, punk rock, and other genres, including Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, and Mike Watt. He appears on over sixty albums.
Alex Cline’s work has been more local, with highlights including major projects for the 2012 and 2015 Angel City Jazz Festivals and at the Hammer Museum, appearances at the Blue Whale with Satoko Fujii and David Binney, and a rare out-of-town trip to accompany his twin brother Nels at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival. He also co-hosts the Open Gate concert series at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts.
Soundwaves is a concert series emphasizing artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Public Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders. Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows, as well as sound and video recordings, are at SoundwavesNewMusic.com
Admission is free and all are welcome. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For other disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to the event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.
Submitted by Jeff Schwartz