MonoNeon Irreverent Bass Virtuoso

MonoNeon (Dywane Thomas Jr.) formerly known as Polyneon (born August 6, 1990) is a bassist/experimental musician. His bass playing style can be described as “funky with unusual characteristics”. His compositions are usually based on ideas inspired by various avant-garde art movements (Minimalism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Pop Art, and etc). Also his music is characterized by polychromatism (colors), organized sound/noise, microtonality, automatism, and etc. His influences are John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman, Ivan Wyschnegradsky, Milton Babbitt, and etc. One of Thomas’ primary goals is to possibly combine the sounds of John Cage and Mavis Staples, Iannis Xenakis and Bobby Womack, Stockhausen and Albert King in his bass playing and compositions.

Dywane was born in Memphis, TN. He began playing bass guitar at 4 years old, playing a right-handed bass upside down (lefty) and self-taught. He is actually right-handed but plays left-handed. His musical background is blues/southern soul and funk ( Z.Z. Hill, Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, Denise LaSalle and etc). Followed by branching out into gospel, avant-garde/experimental music, and etc.

His father, Dywane Thomas Sr. is also a bassist and his grandfather, Charles Thomas (deceased) is a pianist.

Polyneon concept (now known as “MonoNeon”):
The “Polyneon” concept (now known as “MonoNeon”) that Dywane created is something that was developed through years of introspection and we he stopped thinking about the worldly idea of becoming or being a great musician. “Polyneon” (now known as MonoNeon) is not only based on musical ideas, but also his way of living. The idea is vague and is still being developed.

The “Readymade bass”: One distinctive characteristic of Thomas’ “readymade bass” is the ordinary sock on the headstock. Also the use of colorful duct tape, the “Polyneon (MonoNeon)” name, and other mundane items upon his basses. I guess you can think of it as a parody of the electric bass. Readymade art is actually a 20th century art form from Dadaism, that was developed by Marcel Duchamp.

Dywane’s performance credits include: The Bar-Kays (performed with them at the age of 11 or 12), George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Screaming Headless Torsos, Chris Coleman, Denise Williams, The Stylistics, Youthful Praise, Jack Dejohnette, Ne-Yo (“Libra Scale” album), Ghost Town Blues Band, Gusto (“In The Mood For Memphis” 2004 album), South Soul Rhythm Section, David Fiuczynski, Kevin Davidson and The Voices, Rick Flanagan, Frank McComb, Avery Sunshine, Forest Won with Georgia Anne Muldrow (“Directions” album), The Funk Brothers, The Four Tops, and etc. He was also featured on the GospelChops Bass Sessionz Vol.1 DVD with Andrew Gouche, Hadrien Feraud, Anthony Nembhard, Robert “Bubby” Lewis, Damian Erskine, and Janek Gwizdala.

Show Info

April 20
8:30 Doors / 21+
Co Bill w/:
Ghost Note
Star Theater
Coco Columbia

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