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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In conclusion: Summer tour dates, Astral Spirits festival, DownBeat mag & new collaborations…

Tyler Damon portrait 01Photo 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.”

On Rempis/Håker-Flaten/Adasiewicz/Damon:

“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…


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Summer 2016 Tour Dates

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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

Solo

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


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Mars Williams Quartet live debut now streaming…

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…


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