an adventure to the center of ourselves

Worlds In A Life is Thollem and ACVilla’s live collaboration. Together they have created a show in eight movements, much like storytellers, keeping the general structure while enjoying the freedom to perform it uniquely each time. Philosophically, Worlds In A Life is a meditation on the intrinsic value of every individual in respect to the infinitely complex inner workings, biologically, chemically, electrically, psychologically, and culturally. The title of the show comes from the track titles of the first album with William Parker: “there are as many worlds in a life as there are lives in the world.”

Audiological Visualization: Together the duo weave an aural and visual tapestry to dazzle the senses.” The Paper, Albuquerque, NM


ACVilla’s main collaborator is musician, composer, writer, singer-songwriter Thollem. As the duo, they have toured with their multimedia performances with original music and visuals, most recently, Obstacle Illusion Live. For their 2024 international tour, Thollem has invited ACVilla to to create live art projections during his Worlds In A Life solo performance.


ACVilla is a visual artist who focuses her camera on the subtleties of interpersonal dynamics and the power that context plays in constantly redefining what people believe they already know. ACVilla highlights those aspects of Life with an analog sensibility using digital equipment that fits into her nomadic lifestyle. She is known for her live art projections and contextualizations, her unique approach of projecting the outside world in. Her works have been presented in venues across two continents in myriad contexts, including DIYs, museums, schools, universities, film societies, and theaters. With her long-time partner, Thollem, she creates large projects from documentaries to touring multimedia experiences that take audiences on journeys navigated by the perpetually travelling duo.

As a perpetually traveling pianist, keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher, Thollem‘s approach is founded on the two questions, What if? and Why not?. As a result, his projects are ever-changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences. He is known in concentric circles as an acoustic piano player in the free jazz and post-classical worlds, as the keyboardist and vocalist for several bands, and as an electronic musician. Both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines, his lifelong interest has been to work with people from all walks of life, bringing artists and communities together in ways that create experiences uniquely valuable to everyone involved.