2020

Tashi & I, Spring 2019. Photo by Kari Leigh Ames.

As usual, it has been a little while since my last post. I’m only stopping by to drop off the pertinent information, so here’s what has come out recently, what’s coming out soon and where you may find me in the coming months. The image above was commissioned for a forthcoming release on Austria’s Trost label (who released a trio CD of Tashi, Mette Rasmussen and I back in 2017).

Thanks to everyone for the support in 2019. Looking forward… – T

Late Winter / early Spring 2020 dates

– Tuesday. January 7th – Kuzu + Joshua Abrams w/ Manas @ Elastic Arts (3429 W. Diversey Ave.), Chicago, IL

– Sunday, March 8th – Kuzu @ The Mothlight (701 Haywood Rd.), Asheville, NC

– Monday, March 9th – Kuzu @ Marshall University, Smith Recital Hall (1 John Marshall Dr.), Huntington, WV

– Tuesday, March 10th – Kuzu @ Explorer Academy (2901 Saltwell Rd.), Huntington, WV

– Tuesday, March 10th– Kuzu @ University of Kentucky, John Jacob Niles Gallery (160 Patterson Dr.), Lexington, KY

– Wednesday, March 11th – Kuzu @ Joe’s Cafe (6014 Kingsbury Ave.), presented by New Music Circle, St. Louis, MO

– Thursday, March 12th – Kuzu w/ Lytton/Vandermark duo @ Elastic Arts (3429 W. Diversey Ave.), Chicago, IL

– Friday, March 13th – Kuzu @ Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.), Milwaukee, WI

– Saturday, March 14th – Kuzu @ Cafe CODA (1224 Williamson St.), Madison, WI

Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon – “To Catch A Bird In A Net Of Wind” (Trost , 2020)

Forthcoming duo LP on Austria’s Trost label. Recorded in Chicago at Exposure Festival 2018. Preorder now at Trost’s Bandcamp page

KuzuPurple Dark Opal (Aerophonic, 2020)

Released February 2020. Recorded in 2018 at Milwaukee’s Sugar Maple, Purple Dark Opal may be my favorite recorded document to date (that I’ve had a hand in, of course…) – A handful went out to the public at our recent last-minute appearance at Elastic in quartet mode with Joshua Abrams. Order now via Aerophonic.

“…merges more passion and emotions than a David Mamet play.”  – Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

“…for all the runs, flushes and an all-in mentality, there is not a wasted minute where we catch them floundering. […] Purple Dark Opal is an essential recording that showcases this group’s prowess when left to their own devices.” – Taylor McDowell, Free Jazz Blog

Sam Weinberg / Henry Fraser / Tyler DamonFoment (Amalgam, 2019)

Foment represents a first-meeting of New Yorkers saxophonist Sam Weinberg & bassist Henry Fraser with Chicago drummer Tyler Damon. Although the three musicians had not played in this formation before the recording, Weinberg and Fraser have been working in close partnership, in various capacities and configurations, for half a decade. Their rapport is evident, but here modified, tinkered with, and expanded upon by the expansive drumming of Damon whose voice opens the record on the sprawling “Sleet”. Throughout the course of this close to hour long recording–spread out over two lengthy tracks– the trio traverses a host of dynamic and timbral zones, without ever sacrificing a palpable sense of momentum and entropy. Recorded in the winter of 2019, “Foment” is a document of forward-thinking 21st century improvised music from an irrepressible crew of fledgling musicians.”

Available HERE

KuzuLift To Drag (Medium Sound, 2019)

Recorded in October 2018. Taylor McDowell over at Free Jazz Collective writes:

“Taken from a performance at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, Lift to Drag consists of 80-minutes of improvisation at its finest. The two extended tracks leave ample room for this trio to seize rhythmic or melodic ideas, construct wild grooves from it, only to burn it down in strident anarchy.

Digital downloads are available HERE from Medium Sound. A repress of the cassette is available now if you missed the first run; available from the above link or in-person at shows…

Eddie Flowers & The Wax-Lip-Swamp-Dub – s/t (Feeding Tube, 2020; originally released on cassette in 2019 by Long Gone Sound System)

A one-off improvised recording session at the now-defunct Magnetic South in Bloomington while Eddie was visiting from Long Beach yielded this strange document which now rears its fried head on LP. Byron sez:

“The music created by The Wax-Lip-Swamp-Dub unit is thick with acid-haze (generated by a real random assortment of instruments) and powered into fields of Can-like glory by the superb drumming of Tyler Damon. Eddie’s vocals sprawl across the top of it all, giving an entirely new meaning to R. Meltzer’s phrase, “blabbermouth lockjaw of the soul.” The vocals here are all that, but they lay out like a beatnik rattlesnake frying happily in the Texas sun. It is a beautiful trip.

Hint to travelers: the higher you fly, the better your view.”

Available HERE

 


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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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“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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Years End

Isabel & Burger, Haley, Ka in North Philly at the Bardo Pond compound, 11/17/17.

Circuit Des Yeux has returned from our first leg of touring in support of the new Drag City full-length, Reaching For Indigo, which was, simply stated, a superlative experience. It is always a great joy to find myself in these scenarios, creating music with immensely talented and wonderful people, enjoying each other’s company along the way. I would like to highlight Ka Baird as being an absolutely inspirational figure on this outing who routinely blew our minds with her singular, empowering solo work. If you haven’t given her 2017 LP Sapropelic Pycnic a spin, go check it out now! Lastly, thanks to everyone who made it out – we’ll see the rest of you in 2018 in the US, Europe and beyond…below are the CDY dates for the first quarter of 2018…more to come:

01.19.18 – Los Angeles, CA – Resident
01.20.18 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
01.21.18 – Santa Rosa, CA – Atlas Coffee Company
01.23.18 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
01.24.18 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
01.25.18 – Boise, ID – The Olympic
01.26.18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Diabolical Records
01.27.18 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
01.28.18 – Phoenix, AZ – LBX
02.06.18 – Geneva, CH – Festival Antigel
02.07.18 – Baden, CH – One of a Million Festival
02.08.18 – Heidelberg, DE – Karlstorbahnhof
02.09.18 – Berlin, DE – Kantine am Berghain
02.10.18 – Copenhagen, DK – Vinterjazz
02.12.18 – Eupen, BE – Galerie Vorn und Oben
02.13.18 – Brighton, UK – ACCA
02.14.18 – London, UK – The Lexington
02.15.18 – Gent, BE – Vooruit
02.16.18 – Paris, FR – Espace B
02.17.18 – Rotterdam, NL – Worm
02.19.18 – Amsterdam, NL – Muziekgebouw
02.20.18 – Koln, DE – Gewolbe
02.21.18 – Luxembourg, LU – Rotondes

Speaking of shows, I have two more in the calendar year in Bloomington, including a killer hit with deep homies Bitchin’ Bajas (touring in support of their righteous new double platter, Bajas Fresh), as well as the FINAL Magnetic South Revue at the house December 22nd:

– Saturday, December 2nd – Open Sex w/ Bitchin’ Bajas @ The Blockhouse (201 S. College Ave.), Bloomington, IN

– Friday, December 22nd – Open Sex w/ Circuit Des Yeux, The Bills @ Final Magnetic South Revue @ Magnetic South (1305 S. Madison St.), Bloomington, IN

On an unrelated note, Bill Meyer penned a nice lil review of Manas – III (Dorji/Nguyen/Damon out earlier this year on Feeding Tube) over at Still Single for the uninitiated:

Forthcoming releases on the horizon:

Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon – Leave No Trace: Live In St. Louis LP (Family Vineyard)
Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon – TBA cassette (Magnetic South)
Thee Open Sex – White Horses LP (Magnetic South / Sophomore Lounge)
Kuzu (Dorji / Damon / Rempis) – Hiljaisuus LP (Astral Spirits)

See you next year…


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