Estamos Trio is an exploratory music ensemble formed through the cross-border Estamos Project founded by Thollem McDonas in 2010. The trio includes Carmina Escobar (vocals, electronics, guitarrón), Milo Tamez (percussion, found objects, electronics) and Thollem (keyboard, vocals, clay pot). The trio is celebrating their 2nd release on Relative Pitch Records with a series of east coast concerts. Recorded live at SITE Santa Fe, Dire Warning, the work is a commission for SITE’s 2018 biennial “Casa Tomada” (House Taken Over), which informed the trio’s approach to this album: the present and impending global migration of humans caused by climate change. www.thollem.com/estamostrio
Carmina Escobar is a performer, improviser, sound and intermedia artist from Mexico City. Her work focuses primarily on sound, the voice, the body, and their interrelations to physical, social, memory and present spaces. Mexican creative drummer/composer and independent artist Milo Tamez specializes in solo extended-prepared drum set percussion. He has produced compositions exploring new percussive poetics, cinematic experiences and tour de force drumming manifestos. Tamez also has collaborated with composers premiering new music works for solo drum set percussion. Thollem is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher. He’s spent his life in perpetual motion, collaborating within scores of arts communities with hundreds of artists. His work is ever changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences.
Baltimore native, Bashi Rose is a filmmaker, theatre artist, and musician whose aesthetic is strongly influenced by the Black Arts Movement. He is co-founder of the band, Konjur Collective and member of the percussion duo, Pwisans Ete’nel along with Jamal Moore. He began playing drum kit as a tool for spiritual awareness and healing. He’s looking forward to opening for Estamos Trio.