Photo by Ryan O’Connor at the Hungry Brain, Chicago
Last evening I wrapped up the last of three duo dates w/ Chicago percussionist Skyler Rowe, a first-time outing for us and also my first public venture into duo percussion improvisations. Our chemistry was evident from note one, in both musical and personal terms, and I could not have hoped for a better time. It remains affirming to successfully engage with players in a way that yields results both fresh and familiar and to also recognize the potential for outward expansion into the future. Yeah, man. This was a strong theme over the past weekend…
In addition to the new duo work with Skyler, I also engaged in two other first-time collaborations over the weekend; firstly, a trio w/ Tashi Dorji & percussionist Thom Nguyen (who often perform en duo form as Manas) who debuted Friday evening at the Spot Tavern in Lafayette (and again in Chicago on Saturday), as well as a quartet w/ Dave Rempis (reeds), Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten (bass) and Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone) at the Astral Spirits Festival hosted by the Hungry Brain in Chicago. Both permutations proved to be fantastic combinations, which Bill Meyer graciously recognized in DownBeat in his review of the AS fest. I’ve finally snuck in the side-door to capital J Jazz…
On Manas trio:
“While each drummer has recorded and toured previously with Dorji, they were new to each other, but there was nothing tentative about the way their playing melded into a wall of high-volume sound. Dorji alternately added to it with layers of harmonics and loops or chipped away at its surface with short, flinty phrases.”
“Håker-Flaten, Rempis and Adasiewicz have refined their duo chemistries in a host of bands over the years, so their rapport was not so much a surprise as an exhilarating confirmation of possibilities. Damon not only fit right in to this web of affiliations, but he projected a complementary density of attack and contrasting tones from his trap kit (…) His performance was easily one of the festival’s high points.”
See the full article HERE. Many thanks to Bill Meyer for his kind words…
Lastly, I owe a massive (and overdue) ‘thank you’ to everyone involved in the incredibly successful June outing with Tashi Dorji & Mette Rasmussen. It was likely the greatest tour I’ve ever been a part of and it was an incredible privilege to share time and music with Tashi & Mette and, if only for a day, with Muya Kurdi & Daniel Carter. So, anyway…thank you!
I’ve added a few late Summer/early fall dates to the LIVE page, including appearances with Open Sex and a duo with Sacramento’s Ross Hammond. Check ’em out, bye for now…
July 28, 2016 [permalink] Astral Spirits, Bill Meyer, Daniel Carter, Dave Rempis, DownBeat, Duo, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Jason Adasiewicz, Live, Mette Rasmussen, Muyassar Kurdi, Press, Quartet, Skyler Rowe, Tashi Dorji, Thom Nguyen, tour, Trio
GREETINGS – I’m headed outta town this coming week for a stretch of North American dates which will include solo performances and collaborations w/ Tashi Dorji, Mette Rasmussen and Muyassar Kurdi.
The tour kicks off this Friday with a solo hit at one of my favorite tour hangs, Knoxville’s Pilot Light. See below for dates and details…
I’ve also included some July dates with Tashi & Thom Nguyen where I will appear in a trio version of MANAS in both Lafayette and Chicago at the first-ever Astral Spirits’ Festival. For night two of the fest I’ll be joining Dave Rempis, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and Jason Adasiewicz…
Lastly, Skyler Rowe and I will hit the road for three Midwestern dates immediately following Astral Spirits Fest for a first-round meeting of percussion duos…
Lots of firsts…see ya somewhere? – Tyler
June 10th @ The Pilot Light (106 E. Jackson St.), Knoxville, TN
Duo w/ Tashi Dorji
June 12th @ The Nightlight Bar & Club (405 W. Rosemary St.), Chapel Hill, NC
June 13th @ Union Arts D.C. (411 New York Ave.), Washington, D.C.
June 14th @ Trans-Pecos (915 Wyckoff Ave.), Ridgewood, Queens, NY
June 15th @ Old Bear Dens, Franklin Park Zoo, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA
Trio w/ Tashi Dorji & Mette Rasmussen
June 18th @ Array Space (155 Walnut Ave.), Toronto, ON
June 19th @ Workers Arts & Heritage Centre (51 Stuart St.), Hamilton, ON
June 20th @ Black Squirrel Books & Café (1073 Bank St.), Ottawa, ON
Duo w/ Muyassar Kurdi
June 21st @ Tarot Society (4 Charles Pl.), Brooklyn, NY
Manas trio (w/ Tashi Dorji & Thom Nguyen)
July 22nd @ The Spot Tavern (409 S. 4th St.), Lafayette, IN
July 23rd @ The Hungry Brain (2319 W. Belmont Ave.), Chicago, IL
Quartet w/ Dave Rempis, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Jason Adasiewicz
July 24th @ The Hungry Brain (2319 W. Belmont Ave.), Chicago, IL
Duo w/ Skyler Rowe
July 25th @ The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia Ave.), Chicago, IL
July 26th @ Torn Light (406 Fairfield Ave.), Bellevue, KY
July 27th @ The Blockhouse (205 S. College Ave.), Bloomington, IN
June 4, 2016 [permalink] Astral Spirits, Astral Spirits Festival, Canada, Dave Rempis, Duo, East Coast, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Jason Adasiewicz, Live, Manas, Mette Rasmussen, Muyassar Kurdi, North America, Quartet, Skyler Rowe, Solo, Tashi Dorji, Thom Nguyen, tour, Trio
The debut live performance by The Mars Williams Quartet (Mars Williams, Kent Kessler, Peter Maunu and myself) is now available to stream for free. It includes both of our full sets from Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, recorded Monday, July 22nd, 2015 as part of the OPTION series. Check it out below!
We will be back in Chicago at The Owl on Sunday, October 25th. See you there…
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…