Since 2008, ACVilla has focused her time as a peripatetic traveler, musicians' representative, photographer and video artist.
ACVilla is the last child of eight whose mother came from one side of the tracks while her father came from the other. The former combined her studies as a teacher and artist with sheer ingenuity to make their lives colorfully creative while the latter worked as an organizer, helping unite diverse minority groups to have stronger voices in their communities. ACVilla became a professional culture worker in 1990, joining the ranks to help empower people of all ages through English and Spanish. For the past decade, she has transferred her skills to the arts community both near and far.
Looking at a scene both as a whole and as a unique union of colors, shapes, textures and circumstances, ACVilla brings the viewer into her present moment. Her photography morphed into video art when she brought movement to her stills. Possessing a sense of curiosity in the common, she trains the camera on a scene and lets it unfold. Her patience allows viewers to be in the 'now', to experience what would otherwise be lost in the momentum of daily life.
ACVilla's work has been shown throughout the US in DIY spaces, museums, galleries, schools and universities, some being: Pioneer Works (Brooklyn NY); Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, CA); Crowley Theater, presented by Marfa Live Arts (Marfa, TX); Crystal Springs Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR); Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo, NY); The Guild Cinema (Albuquerque, NM); Harwood Museum Of Art (Taos, NM); Colorado St. University (Pueblo, CO); The Logan School for Creative Learning (Denver, CO); Portland Cinema Project (Portland, OR); Northwest Film Forum (Seattle, WA); Toledo Museum Of Art (Toledo, OH); Park Church Co-Op: Benefit for NoDAPL (Brooklyn, NY) and Krannert Art Museum (Univ of Il. Urbana). She was honored to be invited by Rova Saxophone Quartet to create No Distractions, a unique visua score for their 40th anniversary in January 2018.
Thollem is a peripatetic pianist/keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, author and educator. His compositions and performances range from the sub-genres of post-classical, free jazz, noise, punk rock and ecclecticism. He has been touring perpetually throughout North America and Europe since 2006, performing solo works as well as collaborating with an array of musicians, dancers, and filmmakers including ACVilla, Martha Colburn, Manucinema (Tuia Cherici) and Matthew Barney.
Thollem was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, rigorously studying the standard classical piano repertoire, composing and improvising since he was a young child and absorbing the myriad of sounds of his culturally diverse upbringing. After dedicating his 20s and 30s to grassroots political activism, he's refocused his attention these last 10 years on a breadth of musics that incorporate his myriad experiences and curiosities. In this last decade alone, he has played well over 1,000 concerts throughout N. America and Europe as a soloist and in collaboration. As leader or co-leader, he has released over 50 albums in that span on 20 different vanguard labels to international critical acclaim. “Thollem is an astounding pianist who understands the huge scope of the instrument” (Terry Riley) and who continues to delve into the furthest reaches and sub-genres of Post-Classical, Free Jazz, Noise, Punk, dance and film. A brief cross section of his many recent collaborators include William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, Stefano Scodanibbio, Nels Cline, Mike Watt, Martha Colburn and Matthew Barney. He is the founding director of Estamos Ensemble, a Mexican-American cross border ensemble for musical exchange as well as the lead singer of the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti. He's also a published author about art, politics and his travels in The Anthology of Essays On Deep Listening, Full Moon Magazine (Prague) and First American Art Magazine (New Mexico) and is presently working on a documentary about art and community from his experiences along his extensive travels and collaborations.