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Mark Dresser + Thollem McDonas + Patrick Shiroishi + Brandon Seabrook

Mark Dresser + Thollem McDonas + Patrick Shiroishi + Brandon Seabrook

October 20, 2024 @ 8:00 pm 10:30 pm

801 E 4th Place
Los Angeles, 90013
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Doors open at 7:30pm

First Set at 8:00pm
part 1 – Mark Dresser – s0l0 bass
part 2- Thollem McDonas – solo piano and electronics

Second Set at 9:15pm
part 1 – Patrick Shiroishi – solo sax
part 2 – Brandon Seabrook – solo guitar & Banjo

Mark Dresser

Mark Dresser is a Grammy-nominated, internationally renowned bass player, improviser, composer, and interdisciplinary collaborator. At the core of his music is an artistic obsession and commitment to expanding the sonic, musical, and expressive possibilities of the contrabass. He has recorded over one hundred forty CDs, including three solo CDs and a DVD.

Dresser’s most recent and internationally acclaimed new music for jazz quintet, Nourishments (2013), marks his re-immersion as a bandleader. Since 2007, he has been deeply involved in telematic music performance and education. He was awarded a 2015 Shifting Foundation Award and a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award. He is currently a Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego.

“Calling contrabassist Mark Dresser a virtuoso is like saying Albert Einstein was good at math.”
– San Diego City Times


Mark Dresser
Brandon Seabrook

Brandon Seabrook

Brandon Seabrook is a NYC-based guitarist and banjoist whose music fuses a wide range of practices and traditions: punk rock, jazz, pop, and metal. As a guitarist, his work feeds off tactile sensations, characterized by rapid tremolo picking and extreme physicality. Described by the New York Times as “a man apparently hellbent on earning the title of World’s Least Rustic Banjo Player,” he has been devoted to transforming an instrument largely associated with country and bluegrass into a tool for rebellious exploration.

He has collaborated with Joey Arias, Anthony Braxton, Mike Watt, Cecile McLorin Salvant, David Byrne, Ghost Train Orchestra, Frank London, Nels Cline, and Ingrid Laubrock. He has been profiled in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Premier Guitar, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Fretboard Journal, Bandcamp Daily, and The Wire.

Patrick Shiroishi

Patrick Shiroishi is a Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Los Angeles who is perhaps best known for his extensive and incredibly intense work with the saxophone. Over the last decade, he has established himself as one of the premier improvising musicians in Los Angeles, playing solo and in numerous collaborative projects. Shiroishi may well be considered a foundational player in the city’s vast musical expanse.

He has presented work and performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum, and the International Museum of Surgical Sciences. Shiroishi has toured around the world in various solo and band configurations, including The Armed, contemporary classical ensemble Wild Up, and Upsilon Acrux.


Patrick Shiroishi
Thollem McDonas

Thollem McDonas

Thollem is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author, and teacher. He has toured throughout North America and Europe as an itinerant artist for two decades, performing, teaching, and collaborating in myriad situations across the idiomatic spectrum. Thollem is known in concentric circles as an acoustic piano player in the free jazz and post-classical worlds, as the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti, and as an electronic keyboardist through a multitude of projects. His lifelong interest has been to work with people from all walks of life, bringing artists and communities together in ways that may create something uniquely valuable to everyone involved. He is currently focused primarily on his multimedia collaboration with New Mexican visual artist ACVilla, his solo piano work Revelations Of The Sun, and workshops on the collaborative process.

A very brief cross-section of his many collaborators includes William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, Stefano Scodanibbio, Nels Cline, Sara Lund, Rob Mazurek, Michael Wimberly, Mike Watt, and Carmina Escobar. Thollem is a published author on art, politics, and his travels in NewMusicBox, The Anthology of Essays On Deep Listening, Full Moon Magazine (Prague), and First American Art Magazine.