Southwest Diner, St. Louis, MO. Photo by Jeremy Kannapell.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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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I had the great privilege of spending this past week in Asheville, North Carolina playing, recording and generally sharing good times with the always incredible Tashi Dorji. I cannot overstate the level of spiritual satisfaction I experienced on this trip. Tashi and I have only known each other a short while but it often feels like we’re old friends, both personally and musically. I will be patient but I must admit I’m very excited to (eventually) share these recordings with the listening public!
I am pleased to extend an enormous thank you to Tashi, Patrick Kukucka (recording engineer extraordinaire – check out Hi Z lo z), Meredith, Effie, Mille and little Jetsun, Rae, Thom Nguyen, Jamie Hepler, Ross from Villages and the great people of Asheville for their kindness, support and accommodation…and excellent food. A positive, healthy head space is vastly important to me, especially while traveling and trying to tap into creative potential (finding the “magic”), and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you!
Good times at Black Mountain.
Live shot from the Lazy Diamond in Asheville. Photo by Thom Nguyen.
Notes on a napkin from an audience member regarding my solo set in Asheville. Putting “knee healer” on my resume.
MANAS (Tashi & Thom) has a new double cassette out on New Body Tapes, as well as a forthcoming LP on Feeding Tube and another tape on Körper / Lieb. Do yourself a favor and check out what they’re doing. Free rock of a very high order…
Open Sex duo photo at the Back Door in Bloomington by Craig Bell.
Additionally, I had the pleasure of playing with John Dawson as Open Sex at Mutant Fest II yesterday in Bloomington. Unfortunately I didn’t get to attend most of the day but I was stoked to catch killer sets from Timmy’s Organism and The Gizmos. Thanks to Meagz and Alex for having us along…what a week…!
Here’s a live clip from the show (also by Craig Bell):
I’ve added a few new shows to the LIVE page including a duo gig w/ Keith Jost on Friday, July 24th opening for Chicago’s Tim Daisy and NYC’s Daniel Levin. Also of note, I will be returning to Chicago on Sunday, October 25th to reconvene with Mars Williams, Peter Maunu and Kent Kessler as The Mars Williams Quartet. Our recordings from our debut performance at Experimental Sound Studio will be streaming imminently…
Lastly, Lech and Open Sex both have cassette releases on the horizon. Keep an ear to the ground for ’em…
I had a killer time in Chicago on Monday trading blows with the always-incredible Mars Williams, and it was a sheer pleasure meeting and playing with the excellent Peter Maunu and Kent Kessler. Huge thanks to Mars, everyone at Experimental Sound Studio, Tim Daisy and Ken Vandermark for their support and enthusiasm. I can’t wait until the next round…above and below are some choice photos by Dan Mohr. Thanks Dan!
Additionally, the Lech gig at MSG was also a very cool time (as always – thanks Derek), and last night’s all-solos gig with my longtime homie Pete Fosco and new homie Kate Wakefield was a lot of fun as well. A very big thank you to all of you who support me with your eyes and ears on a regular basis – it means a lot!
Next up – duo LP recording and a gig in Asheville with the inimitable Tashi Dorji! Stoked to witness his free-rock duo Manas with Thom Nguyen as well…
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.