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


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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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Yoke 01-03 reviewed in Vital Weekly

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Frans de Waard recently reviewed Yoke releases 01-03 (my solo debut “Softened Skull,” as well as both collaborations with Darin Gray) at Vital Weekly, an e-mail magazine (formerly print zine) that’s been active as long as I’ve been drawing breath.

Check out the full review at VITAL WEEKLY 1011


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