Interview w/ Tashi Dorji & I at The Quietus

img_3911Elastic Arts, Chicago, November 4th, 2016. Photo by Julia Dratel.

Tashi and I had a great time recently talking with Elizabeth Newton for a feature over at The Quietus:

“I’ve been running from purist sentiments my whole life, so I don’t think I need any more of that. I’m going to reject dogma every single time. There’s no place for it.”

http://thequietus.com/articles/21306-tashi-dorji-tyler-damon-interview

Additionally, here’s a Polish review from Piotr Lewandowski of our November 4th, 2016 hit at Elastic in Chicago (via Google Translate):

The joint report from two nights at Chicago’s Elastic Arts. Tashi Dorji is one of my favorite guitarists of the last few years, referring to Derek Bailey, rather than the American tradition, who finds a great and acoustic and electric format. On the solo albums of his improvisations which predominantly take the form of compact, several minutes eruption. At a concert on Friday, November 4, in a duo with drummer Tyler Damon I Dorji I played but a continuous, evolving improvisation. It was one of the best guitar-percussion concerts I’ve seen in recent years. Stoking energy (I not heard before Damon, but it really explosive drummer), impressive sounds and tones, fascinating in the aisles of avantrockowych spasms in almost meditative silence and a mosaic of small sounds. After the concert, Tashi said that every concert you have to play as if it was the last and the fact that it looked like – absolute determination and creativity. Brilliant performance.”

Dziękuję Ci, Piotr! Here’s a link to the original Polish language review : http://popupmusic.pl/no/48/galerie/813/tashi-dorji–tyler-damon%2C-amirtha-kidambis-elder-ones


November 16, 2016 [permalink] , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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


November 8, 2016 [permalink] , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Announcing the final Dorji/Damon tour dates of 2016…

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Tashi Dorji and I are headed out on one last run of dates for 2016 in support of our recent releases Both Will Escape (Family Vineyard) &  Live At The Spot +1 (Astral Spirits). I’m really looking forward to these…thanks to everyone who helped us get these together last minute. Check out the details below:

 

– Sunday, October 30th – solo performance & duo w/ Tashi Dorji @ Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (56 Broadway St.), Asheville, NC

– Monday, October 31st – **day off for Halloween**

– Tuesday, November 1st – duo w/ Tashi Dorji @ Betty’s Bar & Grill (407 49th Ave. N.), Nashville, TN

– Wednesday, November 2nd – duo w/ Tashi Dorji @ Gaslight Lounge (4916 Shaw Ave.), St. Louis, MO

– Thursday, November 3rd – duo w/ Tashi Dorji @ First Thursdays Festival, hosted @ Grunwald Gallery (1201 E. 7th St.), Bloomington, IN – 8PM

– Friday, November 4th – duo w/ Tashi Dorji w/ Test Flight, Jen Hill @ Elastic Arts (3429 W Diversey Ave #208), Chicago, IL


October 23, 2016 [permalink] , , , , ,

“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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