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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Summer Updates

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Live at Mahall’s, Cleveland, OH. Photo by Rob Galo.

Tashi Dorji & I hit the road in late-March/early-April for a string of dates leading to and from our residency at the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City. We recorded a great deal of material during our days-long session at Flat Black Studios in Lone Tree, Iowa with engineer/proprietor Luke Tweedy at the helm. Special thanks to Luke & Chris Wiersema for their efforts in making the residency come together in such a fantastic and accommodating way. It was truly sublime and rejuvenating to spend the week at Flat Black observing the transition from Winter to Spring across the undulating flatlands, ringing in the new season daily through hours of unencumbered playing. I’m grateful for the opportunity. Many thanks also to everyone who helped our tour dates come together; as always we were humbled to be treated so well, so often, by so many golden human beings.

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Dave Rempis and I also got together in late-April for some duo action at the one-and-only Spot Tavern in Lafayette. Indiana. Here’s a clip from one of our two sets captured by Tom Burris:

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Poster by Aaron Denton.

Additionally, (Thee) Open Sex has a short tour on the horizon (several of which include our Asheville psychedelic-compatriots, Acid Reign) for the first time in years. Here are the confirmed hits:

– Tuesday, June 13th – Open Sex w/ Lather Sommer Duo, Amy O, Rays (Oakland) @ Magnetic South (1305 S. Madison St.), Bloomington, IN

– Thursday, June 15th – Open Sex @ Terrapin Station (920 S. 12th St.), Murray, KY

– Friday, June 16th – Open Sex @ Far Out Nashville @ The East Room (2412 Gallatin Ave.), Nashville, TN

– Saturday, June 17th – Open Sex, duo w/ Thom Nguyen w/ Acid Reign @ All Go West Festival, West Asheville, NC

– Sunday, June 18th – Open Sex w/ Psychic Baos @ The Pilot Light (106 E. Jackson Ave.), Knoxville, TN

– Monday, June 19th – Open Sex w/ Jason Lescalleet (Berwick, ME), Acid Reign @ The Lazy Diamond (98-A Lexington Ave.), Asheville, NC

– Tuesday, June 20th – Open Sex w/ Acid Reign @ Neptune’s Parlour (14 W. Martin St.), Raleigh, NC

See you out there…

Open Sex also recently released a split cassette with Bloomington’s Lather Sommer Duo in a limited 100-tape run. Tony Conrad is an inspiration to us all and the tape is, loosely speaking, a tribute to Tony. Listen and download/order the cassette HERE. The tape is also available in Bloomington at Landlocked Music and TDs CDs and LPs. As a side note, if you haven’t yet had the chance to view the stunning documentary “Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present,” I highly recommend it. Tyler Hubby did an excellent job in presenting the legacy and spirit of this still-underrated giant.

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Collage by Alex Cunningham. Original photo by Frederick Eberstadt.

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Next up, Yoke has its first new release of 2017, YO-05. This time around we have an untitled one-off trio of NYC’s Daniel Carter on reeds & trumpet with Muyassar Kurdi on vocals, movements & electronics joined by yours truly on drums & percussion. Recorded with a handheld at a cavernous dance cooperative in Ridgewood, Queens one afternoon last Summer, this is a raw document unlike much else in my catalog. My intention was to have this one out sooner but it looks like I should have copies in hand by June. More to come…

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Keeping in line with the tape theme, Tashi & I’s cassette on Astral Spirits, 2016’s “Live At The Spot +1,” was recently reviewed by one of my favorite shops in the country, Deep Thoughts in Jamaica Plain, Boston on their Cassette Gods blog. Check it out HERE. I sincerely appreciate reading that my playing is “beatifically disorienting and hypnotic and evocative of animal rutting and fighting and writhing…” Thanks Cassette Gods! This tape is now out-of-print but I’ll bet you can find one if you look hard enough…

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Manas “III” artwork by Bill Nace.

Tashi & I also have another LP on the horizon, this time as MANAS w/ drummer-and-homie-extraordinaire Thom Nguyen. To be fair and accurate, I’m actually the guest on this one as Thom & Tashi have been ripping it up in duo style as MANAS for many years now. The new LP, entitled III, is the follow-up to 2015’s self-titled LP on Florence, Mass’ Feeding Tube Records. Test presses have been approved and this one should see the light of day soon, also via Feeding Tube…

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Lastly, Tashi & I will be going on tour again this September in support of the aforementioned releases (and some still unmentioned), concluding with 2017’s Cropped Out Festival, arguably my favorite fest anywhere. Dates and details coming soon…but in the meantime, GET STOKED on that Cropped Out lineup! – T

 

 


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Hopscotch Festival & Three Lobed / WXDU Day Show

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I’m headed to Raleigh, NC this weekend to play with Tashi Dorji at Hopscotch Music Festival. Additionally, I’ll be appearing twice at the Three Lobed / WXDU day show at Kings; once as a trio w/ MANAS (Tashi Dorji & Thom Nguyen) and as a duo w/ twelve-string wiz Sarah Louise. Details on all of my performances this weekend below:

Friday, September 9th @ Three Lobed / WXDU Hopscotch Festival day show, hosted @ Kings (14 W. Martin St.), Raleigh NC

– trio w/ Manas (Tashi Dorji & Thom Nguyen)
– duo w/ Sarah Louise

– Saturday, September 10th – @ Hopscotch Festival, hosted @ Nash Hall (108 S. Blount St.), Raleigh, NC

– duo w/ Tashi Dorji

Tashi and I will have copies of the new “Live At The Spot +1” cassette on Astral Spirits and the forthcoming “Both Will Escape” LP available for sale at both events. Hope to see you there…


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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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