Home from tour and looking forward w/ Circuit des Yeux…

Circuit des Yeux – Reaching For Indigo out October 20th, 2017.

Greetings all,

I’m back home after one of the finest outings I’ve taken with my guitar-wielding comrade Tashi Dorji. As usual I cannot thank everyone enough for the immense generosity and support we received along the way – thank you all so much.

Unfortunately, we did not receive our new trio CD Release on Austria’s Trost w/ Danish-via-Norway saxophonist Mette Rasmussen, To the Animal Kingdom, in time for our tour but they have finally touched down in the US and I will have copies in-person and on Bandcamp in due time. Stewart Smith wrote of our new disc in Wire Magazine recently, noting that:

“Head-shaking and fist-pumping opportunities abound with this bodacious live set […] that’s not to say To The Animal Kingdom is some dumb slab of noise-bro skronk; this trio balance free jazz dynamism and industrial clatter with textural soundwork and a keen sense of space.”

Additionally, Tashi & I’s new duo LP, Leave No Trace: Live In St. Louis, is currently being pressed and will be available December 8th – preorder it now from Family Vineyard. We’re down to the final copies of our debut, Both Will Escape, so snatch one up if you feel so inclined. Feeding Tube are also moving copies of our recent trio LP w/ Thom Nguyen, Manas – III, check ’em out…

If you were unable to catch us on tour, Deathwave TV captured a full set from our Bloomington, IN date at Magnetic South on Tashi’s birthday:

I’m very excited to hit the road in November with Circuit des Yeux in support of the new Drag City release Reaching For Indigo, out 10/20/17. Haley & I have been friends for years and I’m overjoyed to reconnect creatively and to have been invited to join CDY on tour. Two singles featuring my drum work, “Black Fly” and “Paper Bag,” have been premiered and you can check them each out below along with tour dates for the first leg of Reaching For Indigo performances (all dates supported by the inimitable Ka Baird):

– Friday, November 10th – Circuit des Yeux @ Trinosophes (1646 Gratiot Ave.), Detroit, MI

– Saturday, November 11th – Circuit des Yeux @ The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St W), Toronto, ON

– Sunday, November 12th – Circuit des Yeux @ Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B. (179 Rue Jean-Talon-Ouest), Montréal, QC

– Monday, November 13th – Circuit des Yeux @ Great Scott (1222 Commonwealth Ave.), Allston, MA

– Tuesday, November 14th – Circuit des Yeux @ AS220 (115 Empire St.), Providence, RI

– Wednesday, November 15th – Circuit des Yeux @ Rough Trade NYC (64 N. 9th St.), Brooklyn, NY

– Thursday, November 16th – Circuit des Yeux @ Johnny Brenda’s (1201 Frankford Ave.), Philadelphia, PA

– Saturday, November 18th – Circuit des Yeux @ Schuba’s, Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln Ave.), Chicago, IL


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Dorji / Damon September 2017 tour + other dates


Tour poster by Xerox the Kidd.

Tashi & I are headed out on TOUR again in September in support of 3 new recordings:

MANAS – “III” (Feeding Tube, FTR-330)
Mette Rasmussen/ Tashi Dorji/ Tyler Damon – “To The Animal Kingdom” (Trost, TR167)
Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon – “Leave No Trace: Live in St. Louis” (Family Vineyard, FV103)

Though I’ve mentioned the trio releases in previous posts, the new duo LP, “Leave No Trace,” is a kind of sister release to last year’s “Both Will Escape” recorded live in-the-studio for an audience last November in St. Louis (coming this Autumn on Family Vineyard). Check out the DISCOGRAPHY page for more info on these releases.

This outing promises to usher in more collaborative possibilities for Tashi & I, namely the FREEZING BLACK RAIN quintet (Dorji & Damon + Heart of the Ghost a.k.a. Luke Stewart/Jarrett Gilgore/Ian McColm) & a trio with Chicago’s Dave Rempis.

Other upcoming dates:

– Friday, August 11th – solo w/ Rob Noyes (Boston), Alexander (New Haven) @ Magnetic South (1305 S. Madison St.), Bloomington, IN

– Saturday, August 12th – Open Sex w/ Honey Radar (Philadelphia), The Cowboys @ The Blockhouse (201 S. College Ave.), Bloomington, IN

– Saturday, August 19th – solo @ secret solar eclipse party, Perryville, MO


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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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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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