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 Cobra (2511 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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New solo video now streaming / Spring duo tour with Tashi Dorji

Feb. 3rd, 2017 @ The Artifex Guild. Video courtesy of DAS & Auris Apothecary.

Spring tour dates…

Duo w/ Tashi Dorji:

– Friday, March 31st – w/ David Dondero, Will Csorba @ Duke Coffeehouse (Crowell Building, Epworth Dorm Ln.), Durham, NC

– Sunday, April 2nd – w/ Cincinnati Improvisers Group @ The Comet (4579 Hamilton Ave.), Cincinnati, OH

– Friday, April 7th – w/ 75 Dollar Bill, Daniel Wyche @ Mission Creek Festival @ Trumpet Blossom Cafe (310 E Prentiss St.), Iowa City, IA

– Saturday, April 8th – w/ Tontine Ensemble @ Acme Records (2341 S Kinnickinnic Ave.), Milwaukee, WI

– Sunday, April 9th – w/ Six Organs Of Admittance, Health & Beauty @ Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Ave.), Chicago, IL

– Monday, April 10th – w/ Mars Trio @ Mahall’s (13200 Madison Ave.), Cleveland, OH

– Tuesday, April 11th – @ The Red Room, Normals Books & Records (425 E. 31st St.), Baltimore, MD

– Wednesday, April 12th – Manas trio, Ross Hammond (Sacramento, CA), André Cholmondeley @ Static Age Records (110 N. Lexington Ave.), Asheville, NC

Duo w/ Dave Rempis:

– Friday, April  21st – solo & duo w/ Dave Rempis @ The Spot Tavern (409 S. 4th St.), Lafayette, IN


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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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“Both Will Escape” promo trailer & preview track now streaming…

Quick update: Family Vineyard has premiered the promotional trailer for Tashi Dorji & I’s new LP, Both Will Escape, out October 14th and available for pre-order here: http://bit.ly/DorjiDamon

Additionally, you can now stream the first track from the LP over at the FV soundcloud page:

Thanks for listening! – T


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