New releases and upcoming appearances…

Kuzu – “Hiljaisuus” artwork by Id M Theft Able

Tashi Dorji & I have a forthcoming LP with extraordinary saxophonist and human being Dave Rempis. We’re calling our new trio KUZU and our new record, entitled Hiljaisuus, is out September 14th via Astral Spirits (though we’ll also have copies available at our August dates):

“KUZU is a hard-charging but patient trio that came together in the fall of 2017, after saxophonist Dave Rempis, a stalwart of the Chicago improvised music scene, worked with both Tashi Dorji (guitar) and Tyler Damon (drums) individually as part of a lengthy solo tour of the U.S. that he undertook in the spring of that year.  Dorji and Damon’s work as a guitar/percussion duo has become well-known, a highly refined and specific language developed through relentless touring and recording over the last few years, with a sound that straddles improvised music, rock, and any number of as-yet-undefined territories.  These two provide an incredibly fresh take on the possibilities inherent to spontaneous composition.  Superimposing Rempis into this mix was a logical next step after the relationships they’d forged individually.

Musically, these three create a highly focused pallet of sounds. At times, spacious gestures carve up the canvas with the austerity of a calligrapher, while at others those sparse gestures build into an unstoppable tsunami of energy.  Those waves are never impulsive or impetuous though, they ebb and flow logically and patiently out of simple and clearly defined sources.  This trio pursues every gesture with tenacity, passing them back and forth until they’ve explored every facet of an idea.”

Catch us on tour next month in Texas and in October in Eastern/Midwestern US/Canada:

– Monday, August 13th – Kuzu @ house show, Beaumont, TX
– Tuesday, August 14th – Kuzu w/ Dane Rousay @ High Wire Art Gallery (326 Josephine St.), San Antonio, TX
– Wednesday, August 15th – Kuzu w/ Carter/Smith/Ruth/Gonzalez/Gonzalez quintet, Espina/Daghighi/Butler trio @ Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.), Dallas, TX*
– Thursday, August 16th – Kuzu w/ Soft Healer, Dane Rousay. DJ Gerard Cosloy @ Sonic Transmissions Festival, Sahara Lounge (1413 Webberville Rd.), Austin, TX

*This date also features a screening of Milford Graves Full Mantis

– Thursday, October 4th – Kuzu @ The Mothlight (701 Haywood Rd.), Asheville, NC
– Friday, October 5th – Kuzu @ If ART Gallery (1223 Lincoln St.), Columbia, SC
– Saturday, October 6th – Kuzu @ Neptune’s Parlour (14 W. Martin St.), Raleigh, NC
– Sunday, October 7th – Kuzu @ October Revolution In Jazz & Contemporary Music, Philadelphia, PA
– Monday, October 8th – Kuzu @ Tubby’s, Kingston, NY
– Tuesday, October 9th – Kuzu @ Casa Del Popolo (4873 Boul Saint-Laurent), Montréal, QC
– Wednesday, October 10th – Kuzu @ TBA, TBA
Thursday, October 11th – Kuzu @ Bop Stop (2920 Detroit Ave.), Cleveland, OH
– Friday, October 12th – Kuzu @ Trinosophes (1464 Gratiot Ave.), Detroit, MI
– Saturday, October 13th – Kuzu @ Elastic Arts (3426 W. Diversey Ave.), Chicago, IL
– Sunday, October 14th – Kuzu @ Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.), Milwaukee, WI
– Monday, October 15th – Kuzu @ University of Illinois, Carbondale, IL
– Tuesday, October 16th – Kuzu @ Outside The Spotlight series, Lexington, KY
– Wednesday, October 17th – Kuzu @ The Blockhouse (201 S. College Ave.), Bloomington, IN

Tashi & I also have a forthcoming duo cassette on Magnetic South called Soft Berm. This tape was recorded straight-to-cassette in glorious mono by John Anderson at Reverberation Vinyl in Bloomington, IL. Here’s a little taste of that performance as documented by Michael Mayer:

I’m also excited to announce the first new Open Sex LP in five years, White Horses, out September 7th on Louisville’s Sophomore Lounge records:


Artwork by Xerox the Kidd

“(Thee) Open Sex Music comes from a decade-long practice of reductive composition and improvisation. The group has encompassed over 20 artists lurking around punk and experimental music circles, interchangeably shifting from minimal tape purr, Hypnotist beat and proto-punk textures.

The most consistent participants, guitarist and sound tech John Dawson (Magnetic South Recordings) and percussionist Tyler Damon (Dorji/Damon Duo, Circuit Des Yeux), anchor the two side-long pieces on “White Horses” with their evolving language and repetitive form. They are joined by Ben Lumsdaine (Spissy, C&R House Band), Mark Tester and Landon Caldwell (both of Creeping Pink and Burnt Ones) whose electronic pianos hover overhead and dissipated into colored vapor.

Recorded and mixed by Cooper Crain, mastered by Mikey Young.”

Release shows are slated for Indianapolis at Hoy Polloy on August 30th and Bloomington, Indiana at the Blockhouse on August 31st. Details forthcoming…

Last weekend Circuit Des Yeux had some hometown dates with appearances at the Empty Bottle and at the Pitchfork Music Festival. Here’s an excerpt of what the Chicago Tribune had to say about the set:

“Best set of the weekend: I have no idea what a band is going to have to do to oust Circuit Des Yeux as set of the weekend. Conjure thunder? (…) Soft yet loud, this was a set that rocked harder than anything to date that weekend, the band part of the drama rather than mere accompaniment, setting Fohr’s amazing voice in bedrock. She cooed, moaned, screamed and bellowed, went deep, so deep with songs broad in scope, and nigh flawless in execution. Wow.”

Circuit Des Yeux has some dates scheduled through the end of the year, including a free show with Deerhunter at House of Vans in Brooklyn and some stateside performances of Haley’s re-imagined score to Charles Bryant’s 1923 film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé:

– Saturday, August 18th – Circuit Des Yeux w/ Deerhunter @ House Of Vans (25 Franklin St.), Brooklyn, NY
– Sunday, August 19th – Circuit Des Yeux presents Salomé (1923) film score @ National Sawdust (80 N. 6th St.), Brooklyn, NY

– Friday, August 24th – Circuit Des Yeux presents Salomé (1923) film score @ The Art Institute Of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Ave.), Chicago, IL

– Saturday, September 8th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Hopscotch Festival, Raleigh, NC

EU

– November 9th-11th – Circuit Des Yeux presents Reaching For Indigo: Gaia Infinitus feat. members of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra @ Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht, NL
– Tuesday, November 13th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Folk (Olof Palmes Plats 413 04), Gothenburg, SE
– Wednesday, November 14th –  Circuit Des Yeux @ Revolver (Møllergata 32), Oslo, NO
– Thursday, November 15th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Fasching (Kungsgatan 63), Stockholm, SE
– Friday, November 16th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Inkonst (Bergsgatan 29), Malmö, SE
– Saturday, November 17th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Püschenfest, Puschen (Schlesische Str. 38), Berlin, DE

More announcements to follow but that’s it for now… – T


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Relocation / Circuit Des Yeux across the US Midwest/SE, Marfa Myths & Europe part 2…

Dorji / Damon / Rasmussen at the Hideout, Chicago. Photo by Julia Dratel.

Feeling fantastic after a series of dates with Tashi Dorji & Mette Rasmussen in mid-March; our hit at Chicago’s Hideout on the 18th marked my first night as a Chicago resident – thank you for the warm welcome! This move is something I’ve considered for a long time and I’m elated to ponder the potential of this decision.

Tashi & I both participated in Dave Rempis’ Exposure Series during this time and these concerts served as a shining example of what’s possible when major emphasis is placed on communion and collaboration among artists of diverse backgrounds. I’m grateful to to have been a part of this and it’s exciting to witness a commitment to socio-political ideas that foster a true sense of community in our creative world and beyond. I sincerely hope this is the new normal…

I also enjoyed a few solo dates opening for my Baltimore/DC comrades Heart of the Ghost in Indianapolis and Bloomington as well as a two-set quartet happening at the nearly-30 year-running Jazz Fables series at Bear’s Place in Bloomington with NYC’s Michael Eaton and Bloomington’s Kyle Quass & Jeff Greene.

I’m headed out again on tour in April & May with Circuit Des Yeux. Here are the dates, hope to see y’all out there:

US Midwest / Southeast

– Friday, April 6th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Der Rathskeller (Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St.), Madison, WI

– Saturday, April 7th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Zanzabar (2100 S. Preston St.), Louisville, KY

– Monday, April 9th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Duke Coffeehouse (Crowell Building, Epworth Dorm Ln.), Durham, NC

– Tuesday, April 10th – Circuit Des Yeux @ The Mothlight (701 Haywood Rd.), Asheville, NC

– Wednesday, April 11th – Circuit Des Yeux @ The Pilot Light (106 E. Jackson Ave.), Knoxville, TN

– Thursday, April 12th – Circuit Des Yeux @ The Blockhouse (201 S. College Ave.), Bloomington, IN

 

Marfs Myths Festival

– Saturday, April 14th – Circuit Des Yeux w/ Wire, Equiknoxx, Suzanne Ciani, Tom Ze @ Marfa Myths Festival, Marfa, TX

 

EU/UK

– Wednesday, April 25th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Centro Cultural del Matedero (Av. Martínez de Velasco, 6), Huesca, ES

– Thursday, April 26th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Sala Zero (Sant Magí Street 12), Madrid, ES

– Friday, April 27th – Circuit Des Yeux @ MAC Museum (Avda. de Arteixo, 171), A Coruña, ES

– Saturday, April 28th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Auditorio de Espinho (Rua 34, nº884 – 4500-318), Espinho, PT

– Sunday, April 29th – Circuit Des Yeux @ ZDB (R. da Barroca 59), Lisboa, PT

– Tuesday, May 1st – Circuit Des Yeux @ La [2] (Nou de la Rambla 111), Barcelona, ES

– Wednesday, May 3rd – Circuit Des Yeux @ Café Bad Bonn (Bonn 2, 3186), Düdingen, CH

– Thursday, May 4th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Kammerspiele (Maximilianstraße 26), München, DE

– Saturday, May 6th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Donaufestival, Krems, AT

– Sunday, May 7th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Trafo (Nollendorfer Str. 30), Jena, DE

– Monday, May 8th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Les Ateliers Claus (Rue Crickx 15), Brussels, BE

– Friday, May 12th – Circuit Des Yeux presents Salomé (1923) film score @ Howard Assembly Room (46 New Briggate), Leeds, UK

– Saturday, May 13th – Circuit Des Yeux @ National Concert Hall, Perspectives Series (Earlsfort Terrace), Dublin, IE

– Sunday, May 14th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Mono (12 King St.), Glasgow, UK

– Monday, May 15th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Soup Kitchen (31-33 Spear St.), Manchester, UK

– Tuesday, May 16th – Circuit Des Yeux presents Salomé (1923) film score @ Barbican Centre (Silk St.), London, UK


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A new release with Rempis, Dorji & Damon duo/trio hits, more CDY dates…

Dave Rempis and I have a new cassette out on Knoxville’s fresh Park 70 label entitled Full Yum. Dave & I recorded some impromptu cuts in the basement at Magnetic South with John Dawson back in November of 2016 and these two sides are the result. These tapes are offered in a very limited and presented beautifully in letterpressed heavy card stock wraps – Pick one up from Dave and I at a show or via the Park 70 Bandcamp page. Digital is also available via my Bandcamp page

Photo by Michael Mayer.

Tashi Dorji & I have a brief stint of tour dates, a handful of which include our Danish comrade MR. Peter Margasak did a nice write-up in advance of our Chicago shows over at the Chicago Reader, noting that:

“…the music surges and recedes in thrilling fashion, yet beyond the explosions and decay lies stunning detail, such as the subtly shifting tom rolls of Damon or the altering tonal gradations in Dorji’s numbing chords and barbed single-note runs.”

– Friday, March 16th – trio w/ Tashi Dorji & MR @ St. John’s Episcopal Church (2600 Church St.), Cleveland, OH

– Saturday, March 17th – trio w/ Tashi Dorji & MR @ Ziggy’s (206 W. Michigan Ave.), Ypsilanti, MI

– Sunday, March 18th – trio w/ Tashi Dorji & MR @ The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia Ave.), Chicago, IL

Additionally, we’ll play a few duo hits as well (*please note a couple of these are late-afternoon shows):

– Thursday, March 22nd – duo w/ Tashi Dorji @ 99.1 WQRT Noise-A-Thon hosted @ Listen Hear (2620 Shelby St.), Indianapolis, IN – 3:30PM*

– Thursday, March 22nd – duo w/ Tashi Dorji @ State Street Pub (243 N. State Ave.), Indianapolis, IN

– Sunday, March 25th – duo w/ Tashi Dorji w/ Brandon Lopez (NYC) @ Horatio N May Chapel (Rosehill Cemetary, Ravenswood Ave.), Chicago, IL – 2PM*

I also have a few solo shows coming up in support of my Baltimore/DC homies Heart of the Ghost and a quartet appearance in Bloomington at the decades-long weekly jazz series Jazz Fables:

– Tuesday, March 27th – solo w/ Heart Of The Ghost (Baltimore/DC), Rob Funkhouser @ Listen Hear (2620 Shelby St.), Indianapolis, IN

– Wednesday, March 28th – solo w/ Heart Of The Ghost (Baltimore/DC), C&R House Band @ The Blockhouse (201 S. College Ave.), Bloomington, IN

– Thursday, March 29th – quartet w/ Kyle Quass, Jeff Greene, Michael Eaton (NYC) @ Bear’s Place (1316 E. 3rd St.), Bloomington, IN

Lastly, I’m headed out on the road again after a very successful run on the US west coast and EU/UK dates with Circuit Des Yeux for some more Midwest & Southeast dates, a Marfa Myths appearance, and our second European tour of the year. Head over to the LIVE page for dates and details…

There’s A LOT more on the horizon or the year…more soon…

Be well! – Tyler


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“Leave No Trace” available 2/2 & Circuit Des Yeux US west coast, EU & UK tours

Leave No Trace: Live In St. Louis, a companion live LP to Tashi Dorji & I’s 2016 debut LP, Both Will Escape, is out February 2nd. Check out the trailer below and visit Family Vineyard to preorder now. If you’re in the UK/EU, snag one from Boomkat, who had this to say about the record:

Grade A, live improvised guitar and drum roil from the inimitable Bhutanese string picker Tashi Dorji and superb, free-limbed percussionist Tyler Damon. It can be such a fine line between embarrassing onanism and anticipation-baiting, edge of seat improv, but luckily this pair fall squarely in the latter category. Feral, biting, wickedly unpredictable stuff on Loren Connors’ label.”

Photo by Jeff Berkowitz.

Circuit Des Yeux is headed out on back-to-back tours again beginning January 19th in Los Angeles. Check out the LIVE page for a full list of US West Coast, EU & UK dates…

A kind soul has uploaded a live stream of our set at Johnny Brenda’s in Philly last November HERE for your aural pleasure…

See you out there…


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