Tom Thayer performs accompanied by L. Gray (aka Keith Connolly of NNCK) at Artists Space Books & Talks on June 22, 2015, organized by ISSUE Project Room.
Upon hearing Gary Wright's “Dream Weaver” at age six, Tom Thayer closed his eyes and could see “an infinite receding landscape of black mirrored glass”, an impression he'd carry into his early teens, when he began naively exploring the then burgeoning house music scene in storefront clubs and on late night radio in 1980's Chicago. He would go on to obtain an MFA and assume the role of arts educator (as well as exhibiting visual artist) in Nashville, Chicago, and NYC, ultimately settling with his family in Ridgefield, NJ, about 30 miles south of the birthplace of ex-pat Spooky Tooth founder Wright. Tonight Thayer performs accompanied by L. GRAY (aka Keith Connolly of No-Neck Blues Band), an exploratory piece for synthesizer, tape, electronics, etc. recalling these early experiences, dedicated to Wright and recently deceased Italian composer Walter Marchetti, and previewing his forthcoming 2LP “It's House”, due out this fall on HALATERN, etc.