All Your Ghosts In One Corner / Kuzu EU Tour

Photograph by Dave Rempis.

Presenting the release of the latest Kuzu document on Aerophonic Records, All Your Ghosts In One Corner. I must acknowledge the contribution of my Grandma Boots – wit, wordsmith & master of turns-of-phrase – for providing the title of the record. Thanks Gramma. The official release date is October 5th, but all preorders via Aerophonic ship immediately:

Via Aerophonic Records / Dave Rempis:

“From March 8th-14th, 2020, Kuzu was on a seven-concert tour of the United States in the South and Midwest.  During that week it became apparent in this country that the world was on the brink of a crisis unknown to humanity for almost exactly a century.  In those seven days, the feeling on the street changed from one of anxiety to one of impending doom.  By the time the band arrived at Elastic Arts on Thursday, March 12th, their home base in Chicago, it was clear that these would be the last concerts any of them would perform for quite some time.  It would also be one of the last gatherings of the small, dedicated, cohesive, and highly interconnected communities built around the music in all of the cities where they performed.   So the final concerts documented on this album from Chicago and Milwaukee were wrapped in a depth of emotion that’s impossible to convey with words; a moment of friends bidding farewell for who-knows-how-long.  A few days later, the entire country was in full lockdown.  There isn’t a better group to provide that soundtrack.

Kuzu is a band already known for the raw emotion baked into their musical language. All of their previous records – Hiljaisuus (2018), Lift To Drag (2019) Purple Dark Opal (2020), and The Glass Delusion (2021) have ratcheted that approach up further and further as these three stellar musicians have continued to refine their trio dynamic through regular work. But their ability to construct musical tension in an almost agonizing way reaches a new peak on All Your Ghosts In One Corner. Drawing on these musicians’ love for a range of weighty musical expression from doom metal to the deeply-rooted spirituality of saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, this record perfectly captures the depth of the abyss into which we faced.  And yet this record isn’t about fear.  Redemption is found in the life-affirming energy of these performances, which reflect a will to survive in the band’s committed focus and tenacity. These are spontaneous rituals performed to brace an entire community for the upcoming storm.”

At long last we are hoping to return to the EU for a three-week jaunt after having the entire tour pushed back a year due to the pandemic. If all goes off without a hitch you can plan to find us zigging and zagging across Europe in November:

– Friday, November 5th – Kuzu @ Centro D’Arte (Via Luigi Luzzatti, 16b), Padova, IT
– Saturday, November 6th – Kuzu @ Sound In Motion, Antwerp, BE
– Sunday, November 7th – Kuzu @ Kaap (Zeedijk, Koning Boudewijnpromenade 10), Ostende, BE
– Monday, November 8th – Kuzu @ Punctum (Krásova 803/27), Prague, CZ
– Tuesday, November 9th – Kuzu @ Martinschlossl (Martinstrasse 18), Vienna, AU
– Thursday, November 11th– Kuzu @ Stockwerk (Jakominiplatz 18), Graz, AZ
– Friday, November 12th – Kuzu @ Villach Kulturforum, Villach, AZ
– Saturday, November 13th – Kuzu @ Alte Gerberei (Lederergasse 5), St. Johann, AU
– Monday, November 15th – Kuzu @ Dialograum Kreuzung an Sankt Helena (Bornheimer Str. 130), Bonn, DE
– Tuesday, November 16th – Kuzu @ Live Im Speicher, Leer, DE
– Wednesday, November 17th – Kuzu @ OCCII (Amstelveenseweg 134), Amsterdam, NL
– Thursday, November 18th – Kuzu @ POM (Ruysdaelbaan 106), Eindhoven, NL
– Friday, November 19th – Kuzu @ Club Manufaktur (Hammerschlag 8), Schorndorf, DE
– Saturday, November 20th – Kuzu @ Club W71 (Zwischen den Sportplätzen), Weikersheim, DE
– Sunday, November 21st – Kuzu @ Offene Ohren, Munich, DE
– Monday, November 22nd – Kuzu @ Dokkhuset (Dokkparken 4), Trondheim, NO
– Tuesday, November 23rd – Kuzu @ Blow Out! Festival, Oslo, NO


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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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A new release with Rempis, Dorji & Damon duo/trio hits, more CDY dates…

Dave Rempis and I have a new cassette out on Knoxville’s fresh Park 70 label entitled Full Yum. Dave & I recorded some impromptu cuts in the basement at Magnetic South with John Dawson back in November of 2016 and these two sides are the result. These tapes are offered in a very limited and presented beautifully in letterpressed heavy card stock wraps – Pick one up from Dave and I at a show or via the Park 70 Bandcamp page. Digital is also available via my Bandcamp page

Photo by Michael Mayer.

Tashi Dorji & I have a brief stint of tour dates, a handful of which include our Danish comrade MR. Peter Margasak did a nice write-up in advance of our Chicago shows over at the Chicago Reader, noting that:

“…the music surges and recedes in thrilling fashion, yet beyond the explosions and decay lies stunning detail, such as the subtly shifting tom rolls of Damon or the altering tonal gradations in Dorji’s numbing chords and barbed single-note runs.”

– Friday, March 16th – trio w/ Tashi Dorji & MR @ St. John’s Episcopal Church (2600 Church St.), Cleveland, OH

– Saturday, March 17th – trio w/ Tashi Dorji & MR @ Ziggy’s (206 W. Michigan Ave.), Ypsilanti, MI

– Sunday, March 18th – trio w/ Tashi Dorji & MR @ The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia Ave.), Chicago, IL

Additionally, we’ll play a few duo hits as well (*please note a couple of these are late-afternoon shows):

– Thursday, March 22nd – duo w/ Tashi Dorji @ 99.1 WQRT Noise-A-Thon hosted @ Listen Hear (2620 Shelby St.), Indianapolis, IN – 3:30PM*

– Thursday, March 22nd – duo w/ Tashi Dorji @ State Street Pub (243 N. State Ave.), Indianapolis, IN

– Sunday, March 25th – duo w/ Tashi Dorji w/ Brandon Lopez (NYC) @ Horatio N May Chapel (Rosehill Cemetary, Ravenswood Ave.), Chicago, IL – 2PM*

I also have a few solo shows coming up in support of my Baltimore/DC homies Heart of the Ghost and a quartet appearance in Bloomington at the decades-long weekly jazz series Jazz Fables:

– Tuesday, March 27th – solo w/ Heart Of The Ghost (Baltimore/DC), Rob Funkhouser @ Listen Hear (2620 Shelby St.), Indianapolis, IN

– Wednesday, March 28th – solo w/ Heart Of The Ghost (Baltimore/DC), C&R House Band @ The Blockhouse (201 S. College Ave.), Bloomington, IN

– Thursday, March 29th – quartet w/ Kyle Quass, Jeff Greene, Michael Eaton (NYC) @ Bear’s Place (1316 E. 3rd St.), Bloomington, IN

Lastly, I’m headed out on the road again after a very successful run on the US west coast and EU/UK dates with Circuit Des Yeux for some more Midwest & Southeast dates, a Marfa Myths appearance, and our second European tour of the year. Head over to the LIVE page for dates and details…

There’s A LOT more on the horizon or the year…more soon…

Be well! – Tyler


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