Inside The Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome 
Special Encore Screening 2/25/16 7:00 PM 
Q & A Session with Maestro Joel Thome after the screening
February 25th, 7:00PM, Willow Theatre, Boca Raton "DocNights at Willow" - A music documentary about world-traveled composer and conductor Joel Thome, 'Inside The Perfect Circle' provides a close personal look at Thome's career and philosophy. He collaborated extensively with Frank Zappa arranging the eccentric rock icons elaborate music for symphony orchestra and rock band. He was awarded a Grammy for his work with Zappa and guitarist Steve Vai, and was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He composed the music to Pablo Picasso's only play, and completed many other projects furthering modern music. After suffering a debilitating stroke in 1998, Joel lost the use of his left arm and was forced to undergo years of recovery. Using music as a resource for healing, he was able to resume composing and returned to the stage to perform his graphically notated mandala scores. The performance was featured at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City in September 2009.

Joel Thome and Frank Zappa back stage at the Palladium in NYC in 1981
Q & A Session with Maestro Joel Thome
Joel Thome is an internationally acclaimed composer/conductor of classical and contemporary orchestral music. He received a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental for "Zappa's Universe" and a Pulitzer Prize nomination for "Savitri Traveller of the Worlds." Mr. Thome has appeared as conductor with Group L'itineraire in Paris, the Brooklyn Philharmonic,The Seattle Symphony, The Tel-Aviv Chamber Orchestra, The Opera Company of Boston and the Milwaukee Symphony, among others. His compositions are recorded on Nonesuch, Vox, World Sound, and Polygram/Verve.
Joel Thome
Mandala Score Sheet
A Unique Evolution of Music
Soundtracked by the brilliantly eccentric Scorchio Quartet, the film is filled with modern music captured live, emanating a meditative and serene sonic backdrop. Meanwhile, the mandala paintings of abstract artist Harry C. Doolittle swell in the background, assembling and deconstructing on a big screen in sync to the live concert. The documentary includes rehearsal footage, interviews with musicians, colleagues, and performers, archival video, and performance footage. The journey of Joel Thome is an unusual story of dedication, love, and unquestionable genius; the story of a composer who constantly strived to break the mold and explore uncharted territories in music and in life.