After a long break in updates I’m pleased to announce that my debut release with bassist Darin Gray, …Oninbo, is now back in print on archival quality CDr. It is available now over at the YOKE page. Darin and I will also have copies on hand on upcoming tour dates. For those interested in a digital version it is available for download at my BANDCAMP page.
As I mentioned above, Darin and I will be doing another brief tour in mid-November in support of our second release entitled For Four. For Four is a complete 38-minute set recorded live on May 3rd, 2014 in Champaign, IL. The initial pressing features two-color screen printed sleeves (printed by In Case Of Emergency Press) and will be released on CDr in an edition of 50 copies on November 20th, 2015.
Additionally, Tashi Dorji and I are in the mixing stages for a full-length release due out in 2016. More on that later…
Lastly, upcoming dates, solo and ensemble:
Thursday, October 8th – solo performance at Wounded Galaxies Festival w/ James Ilgenfritz (NYC), Tony Brewer (Bloomington) @ The Bishop (123 S. Walnut St.), Bloomington, IN
Sunday, October 11th – quintet w/ Mars Williams, Peter Maunu, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Marquette @ The Owl (2521 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Chicago, IL
Sunday, October 25th – quartet w/ Mars Williams, Peter Maunu, Kent Kessler @ The Owl (2521 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Chicago, IL
Wednesday, November 4th – quartet w/ Dave Rempis, Peter Maunu, Albert Wildeman @ The Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont Ave.), Chicago, IL
Official mid-November duo dates w/ Darin Gray coming soon…
Additionally, Tom Burris has captured another clip of me in the wild, this time w/ my upright bass/clarinet cohort Keith Jost at Bloomington’s own Artifex Guild:
Keith is on his way to greener pastures in Newark, NJ, so this clip stands as a testament to what is (likely) our final show for some time. Certainly not our last meeting, however…
For one last piece of news, Auris Apothecary has released an archival session featuring two of my great friends, Deserter (Greg Simpson/Rare Candies) and Dante Augustus Scarlatti (Bruce Woodward) from 2010. From Auris Apothecary:
“A “lost” session from 3 of Auris Apothecary’s most trusted accomplices, recorded in stunning fidelity in 2010 inside one of the most aesthetically & musically awe-inspiring spaces in the Midwest. 7 tracks totaling over an hour of quasi-improvisational avant-garde manifestations of harsh noise, ambient atmospheres, black metal, post-rock, melodic repetitions, and other dense sonic tapestries”
This was a very formative and, indeed, experimental time for me musically – I wasn’t quite sure which direction I was going in but I was really trying to push myself to try new things. I was drifting away from a lot of the heavy stoner rock, post-rock and metal I had briefly explored and I was increasingly interested in free improvisation and noise but hadn’t quite found my voice in that realm yet. Engineer Tim Smiley, another great friend of ours, managed to grant us access to the incredible space during a break in classes at Indiana University, so we spent all night in there trying out whatever sprung to mind. That said, I have really enjoyed revisiting this document. Bruce (D.A.S./Auris Apothecary label-head) has done an excellent job presenting Auer Hall Sessions and I hope that listeners enjoy the disc on its own terms and also as a reference point for where I’ve ended up musically today. It’s limited to 50 copies and is available now HERE.
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My debut release with Darin Gray is now sold out at the source. A CDr version is on the horizon for those still interested in physical copies and digital downloads are now available here: http://tylerdamon.bandcamp.com/album/oninbo
I rolled back into Bloomington at 5AM sharp early Tuesday morning, decompressed and exhausted from my final performance of this tour with the unparalleled Darin Gray. I cannot say enough good things about Darin, so I will simply state, as he often says of others, that D is a “golden, GOLDEN human being.” To say I’m looking forward to our future meetings is an understatement. Special thanks to everyone who came out to a show, bought a tape or CDr, documented a gig or supported us on a bill (Microsleep, Sedcairn Archives, What We Won’t See, Ora Iso, Timeghost), but a very special thank you specifically to Bruce Woodward at The Artifex Guild, Eric (and little Hazel) Weddle, Paul Baldwin and co. at the Spot Tavern, Jason Finkelman at Institute 4 Creativity, Jeremy Kannapell (!), Jill Pifer, Glenn Kotche and, last but not least, Rachel Maudlin for scooping me up from St. Louis. I suppose I should start planning the next one…
For those interested in copies of Darin and I’s debut cassette, “…Oninbo,” please order directly from me over at the YOKE page, catch me at an upcoming SHOW, pick one up in Bloomington at Landlocked Music or snag one from Darin at a gig. If you’ve already ordered one, keep an eye on your mailbox. Our great friend Eric Weddle over at Family Vineyard had this to say of the release:
“These two began playing together in 2012 and have found an anchorless dialogue of continuous expansion and unspooling of sound. This is pretty much unlike anything we’ve released by longtime pal Gray — and it salaciously sticks to our ribs in a satisfying way. The release is limited to 100 pro-duplicated hi-bias Chrome+ cassettes on Tyler’s Yoke imprint. Downloads will be active when the cassette is gone.”
Below is one of the many fantastic photos by Mabel Suen from the St. Louis gig at the always incredible William A Kerr Foundation. For those that don’t know, the Kerr is a handsomely converted 19th century bathhouse situated on St. Louis’ north side. It overlooks the great Mississippi river surrounded by brick and mortar specters of St. Louis’ past. We were fortunate enough to perform at sundown in the center of the wonderfully maintained rooftop garden (Jer Kan – the man that makes these dreams come to life!). Thanks again for the photo Mabel! – T.