Dorji & Damon “Both Will Escape” & “Live At The Spot +1” in Wire #393 + more reviews…

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Tashi Dorji and I were reviewed in the new issue of Wire Magazine by Bill Meyer (thanks again Bill!). He wrote about the recently released Astral Spirits cassette “Live At The Spot +1” and our new LP on Family Vineyard, “Both Will Escape.” Check out the review below and snag a copy of the mag if you feel so inclined:

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Guillaume Belhomme at Le Son Du Grisli also recently reviewed the “Live At The Spot +1” tape for the Francophones. Check it out HERE.

Other recent reviews of “Both Will Escape” below:

Marc Masters’ 200 Words column at The Out Door:

“…there’s something frighteningly blood-quickening about Dorji and Damon’s nuclear energy on Both Will Escape, such that the entire 43 minutes seems to glow with radiation and spark with high voltage. The sounds of Dorji’s earth-clearing guitar and Damon’s fist-pumping kit rocket out of the speakers in ways that feel dangerously uncontrolled, like someone playing with a plugged-in toaster over a filled-up bathtub. I’m hesitant to make comparisons because the specific language Dorji and Damon have quickly developed deserves to be savored and digested on its own, but suffice to say that there’s a rarified upper echelon of guitar/drum annihilation that for me is topped by the detonating 90′s work of Rudolph Grey and Rashied Ali, and Both Will Escape squarely belongs in that league.”

Justin Spicer’s Cerberus column at Tiny Mix Tapes:

“As Dorji settles in and begins to twist his guitar into a steely sledgehammer, Damon begins to apply a similar blunt force to his percussive instruments. They do this not through one particular sound study; the rhythm and influence jumps from song to song, keeping both nimble and on edge. Neither wants to drop the ball, so the results are an album’s worth of fantastic ideas that can’t settle down. Each brings its own mood and setting; a very Prokofiev feeling.”

Eike Klien also reviewed the LP for German readers over at Das Klienicum


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“Live At The Spot +1” w/ Tashi Dorji out now!

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Tashi Dorji & I have a new cassette release out now via Austin, Texas’ fantastic Astral Spirits label entitled “Live At The Spot +1”- we are really stoked to finally get this one out there! It’s limited to 175 copies and you can order one HERE or snag one from us on tour. Here’s a preview of the tape:

…and here’s what the label has to say about it:

“Astral Spirits is unbelievably excited to present the debut release from the duo of Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon! “Live at the Spot +1” presents 1 solo performance by each as well as 3 duo cuts all (but one) recorded live at The Spot Tavern in Lafayette, IN, toward the beginning of Tashi & Tyler’s time together as a duo. Since these recordings Dorji & Damon have recorded another full length album (the amazing “Both Will Escape” out in October on Family Vineyard Records!), done a handful of tours together (including a small tour as a trio with Mette Rasmussen!) AND tore the roof off the Hungry Brain at “Astral Spirits in Chicago” as a trio with Thom Nguyen of MANAS.

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“Live at the Spot +1” is a snapshot of Dorji & Damon learning to play together. At times it may sound a bit loose, but Dorji & Damon never loose focus. “Flashes of ecstatic intensity, blurred timbral lines, fractal repetition, noir-ish, cinematic mystery and inclinations toward free play” is part of their own bio BUT also is the perfect description of the music you’ll hear on this tape. Throughout the entirety of the tape there is an unhinged excitement exuding from the music. True modern day fire music captured live in all it’s glory.”

Special thanks to Tom Burris for capturing the clip below from the “Live At The Spot” gig that got the ball rolling on this one:


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In conclusion: Summer tour dates, Astral Spirits festival, DownBeat mag & new collaborations…

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Last evening I wrapped up the last of three duo dates w/ Chicago percussionist Skyler Rowe, a first-time outing for us and also my first public venture into duo percussion improvisations. Our chemistry was evident from note one, in both musical and personal terms, and I could not have hoped for a better time. It remains affirming to successfully engage with players in a way that yields results both fresh and familiar and to also recognize the potential for outward expansion into the future. Yeah, man. This was a strong theme over the past weekend…

In addition to the new duo work with Skyler, I also engaged in two other first-time collaborations over the weekend; firstly, a trio w/ Tashi Dorji & percussionist Thom Nguyen (who often perform en duo form as Manas) who debuted Friday evening at the Spot Tavern in Lafayette (and again in Chicago on Saturday), as well as a quartet w/ Dave Rempis (reeds), Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten (bass) and Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone) at the Astral Spirits Festival hosted by the Hungry Brain in Chicago. Both permutations proved to be fantastic combinations, which Bill Meyer graciously recognized in DownBeat in his review of the AS fest. I’ve finally snuck in the side-door to capital J Jazz…

On Manas trio:

“While each drummer has recorded and toured previously with Dorji, they were new to each other, but there was nothing tentative about the way their playing melded into a wall of high-volume sound. Dorji alternately added to it with layers of harmonics and loops or chipped away at its surface with short, flinty phrases.”

On Rempis/Håker-Flaten/Adasiewicz/Damon:

“Håker-Flaten, Rempis and Adasiewicz have refined their duo chemistries in a host of bands over the years, so their rapport was not so much a surprise as an exhilarating confirmation of possibilities. Damon not only fit right in to this web of affiliations, but he projected a complementary density of attack and contrasting tones from his trap kit (…) His performance was easily one of the festival’s high points.”

See the full article HERE. Many thanks to Bill Meyer for his kind words…

Lastly, I owe a massive (and overdue) ‘thank you’ to everyone involved in the incredibly successful June outing with Tashi Dorji & Mette Rasmussen. It was likely the greatest tour I’ve ever been a part of and it was an incredible privilege to share time and music with Tashi & Mette and, if only for a day, with Muya Kurdi & Daniel Carter. So, anyway…thank you!

I’ve added a few late Summer/early fall dates to the LIVE page, including appearances with Open Sex and a duo with Sacramento’s Ross Hammond. Check ’em out, bye for now…


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Summer 2016 Tour Dates

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GREETINGS – I’m headed outta town this coming week for a stretch of North American dates which will include solo performances and collaborations w/ Tashi Dorji, Mette Rasmussen and Muyassar Kurdi.

The tour kicks off this Friday with a solo hit at one of my favorite tour hangs, Knoxville’s Pilot Light. See below for dates and details…

I’ve also included some July dates with Tashi & Thom Nguyen where I will appear in a trio version of MANAS in both Lafayette and Chicago at the first-ever Astral Spirits’ Festival. For night two of the fest I’ll be joining Dave Rempis, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and Jason Adasiewicz…

Lastly, Skyler Rowe and I will hit the road for three Midwestern dates immediately following Astral Spirits Fest for a first-round meeting of percussion duos…

Lots of firsts…see ya somewhere? – Tyler

Solo

June 10th @ The Pilot Light (106 E. Jackson St.), Knoxville, TN

Duo w/ Tashi Dorji

June 12th @ The Nightlight Bar & Club (405 W. Rosemary St.), Chapel Hill, NC
June 13th @ Union Arts D.C. (411 New York Ave.), Washington, D.C.
June 14th @ Trans-Pecos (915 Wyckoff Ave.), Ridgewood, Queens, NY
June 15th @ Old Bear Dens, Franklin Park Zoo, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA

Trio w/ Tashi Dorji & Mette Rasmussen

June 18th @ Array Space (155 Walnut Ave.), Toronto, ON
June 19th @ Workers Arts & Heritage Centre (51 Stuart St.), Hamilton, ON
June 20th @ Black Squirrel Books & Café (1073 Bank St.), Ottawa, ON

Duo w/ Muyassar Kurdi

June 21st @ Tarot Society (4 Charles Pl.), Brooklyn, NY

Manas trio (w/ Tashi Dorji & Thom Nguyen)

July 22nd @ The Spot Tavern (409 S. 4th St.), Lafayette, IN
July 23rd @ The Hungry Brain (2319 W. Belmont Ave.), Chicago, IL

Quartet w/ Dave Rempis, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Jason Adasiewicz

July 24th @ The Hungry Brain (2319 W. Belmont Ave.), Chicago, IL

Duo w/ Skyler Rowe

July 25th @ The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia Ave.), Chicago, IL
July 26th @ Torn Light (406 Fairfield Ave.), Bellevue, KY
July 27th @ The Blockhouse (205 S. College Ave.), Bloomington, IN


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