Home from tour, a video, more press & end-of-year dates…

Southwest Diner, St. Louis, MO. Photo by Jeremy Kannapell. 

Greetings everyone,

Tashi Dorji and I just wrapped up our final tour dates of the year in support of Both Will Escape; thank you to everyone who came out to see us perform last week; love and gratitude especially to those who offered their time and energy to make the shows happen, shared a meal, a place to sleep, or showed us around town…you know who you are – much appreciated! Already planning some 2017 hits for the Spring. More recording is on the horizon…

Deathwave TV was at our Bloomington performance at Indiana University’s Grunwald Gallery this past week and captured the majority of our set. Check it out here:

Deathwave TV has been in the works for quite some time now and they’ve also captured three of my solo sets (in addition to a wealth of other musical performances in Bloomington) if you feel inclined to check ’em out:

http://deathwave.tv/artists/tyler-damon/

Since my last post we got a bit more press as well, most notably a nice feature from our man in Chicago, Bill Meyer, in the Chicago Reader:

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2016/11/02/tashi-dorji-and-tyler-damon-play-chicago-behind-the-years-most-exciting-improvised-album

Sincerely flattering…thanks again, Bill. We also received our first Japanese review from Tokyo-based record shop Reconquista, presented here in English via Google translator:

“Pretty looking good! After receiving an influence on flamenco and classic, Derek Bailey and John Zorn, went to deepen the encounter own music sense to the music of Albert Ayler Bhutanese guitarist, and Tashi Dorji, duo works by percussion player Tyler Damon! Jazz and improvisation, noise, folk music, wonderfully thrilling performance that was tangled elements of minimal music, let me listen to the vertical of improvisation with a distinctive music and tone each other! Awakening common voice and edgy, such as going to cut through the space, wonderfully sound that fraught with elation, such as invites to the trance state, it will be drawn at once to the performance! In the course of rush into chaos, such as going to born the mystique, wild and intellectual performances are stunning masterpiece! With download coupon! recommendation!”

Thank you Reconquista! Japanese friends, purchase the LP from Reconquista here:

http://www.reconquista.biz/SHOP/FV97.html

Our good friend (and guitar slinger extraordinaire) Sarah Louise also included our LP Both Will Escape in her “Listed” feature via the always-excellent Dusted Magazine:

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Lastly, here are my final US live dates of 2016, including a first-time duo w/ Ahleuchatistas’ Shane Parish:

– Friday, November 18th – Open Sex quintet @ Dreamland (810 E. Market St.), Louisville, KY

– Friday, December 2nd – duo w/ Shane Parish @ The Blockhouse (201 S. College Ave.), Bloomington, IN

Bye for now… – T


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

Tyler Damon portrait 01Photo by Ryan O’Connor at the Hungry Brain, Chicago

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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