Option Talks Music: Clayton Thomas
Monday, September 27th, 8pm CST
Option is pleased to present Australian bassist, improviser, and organizer Clayton Thomas for a performance and conversation focusing on his multifaceted and inventive approach to the double bass, as well as his decades-long experience working with many of the finest artists connected to the European, North American and Australian improvised music scenes.
Tune in on Monday, September 27th at 8pm Chicago time to hear the discussion, ask questions in the chat, and listen to Clayton perform and discuss his work.
(photo by Hreinn Gudlugsson)
The Option series is presented as part of Experimental Sound Studio’s virtual concerts every Monday. Link to this program, with the interview led by Tim Daisy below
Clayton Thomas:: Double Bass
born 1976, Hobart, Australia
Inspired by the sound, velocity and social movements of jazz, bassist Clayton Thomas has dedicated his musical life to finding a personal truth that links his own cultural life as a white Australian, with the radical, far reaching pursuits found within the creative music. What he can’t find as a bass player, he searches for in the organization of unreasonably large ensembles.
Clayton is also one of the organizers of the NOW now Festival, an artist-run celebration, of spontaneous music, experimental music, and even improvised music, that has become a Sydney institution. Now in its 18th year, it features a ridiculous bounty of Australia’s most forward-thinking musicians often paired in all manner of unique combinations with local and overseas artists, and the results are frequently astounding