New releases and upcoming appearances…

Kuzu – “Hiljaisuus” artwork by Id M Theft Able

Tashi Dorji & I have a forthcoming LP with extraordinary saxophonist and human being Dave Rempis. We’re calling our new trio KUZU and our new record, entitled Hiljaisuus, is out September 14th via Astral Spirits (though we’ll also have copies available at our August dates):

“KUZU is a hard-charging but patient trio that came together in the fall of 2017, after saxophonist Dave Rempis, a stalwart of the Chicago improvised music scene, worked with both Tashi Dorji (guitar) and Tyler Damon (drums) individually as part of a lengthy solo tour of the U.S. that he undertook in the spring of that year.  Dorji and Damon’s work as a guitar/percussion duo has become well-known, a highly refined and specific language developed through relentless touring and recording over the last few years, with a sound that straddles improvised music, rock, and any number of as-yet-undefined territories.  These two provide an incredibly fresh take on the possibilities inherent to spontaneous composition.  Superimposing Rempis into this mix was a logical next step after the relationships they’d forged individually.

Musically, these three create a highly focused pallet of sounds. At times, spacious gestures carve up the canvas with the austerity of a calligrapher, while at others those sparse gestures build into an unstoppable tsunami of energy.  Those waves are never impulsive or impetuous though, they ebb and flow logically and patiently out of simple and clearly defined sources.  This trio pursues every gesture with tenacity, passing them back and forth until they’ve explored every facet of an idea.”

Catch us on tour next month in Texas and in October in Eastern/Midwestern US/Canada:

– Monday, August 13th – Kuzu @ house show, Beaumont, TX
– Tuesday, August 14th – Kuzu w/ Dane Rousay @ High Wire Art Gallery (326 Josephine St.), San Antonio, TX
– Wednesday, August 15th – Kuzu w/ Carter/Smith/Ruth/Gonzalez/Gonzalez quintet, Espina/Daghighi/Butler trio @ Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.), Dallas, TX*
– Thursday, August 16th – Kuzu w/ Soft Healer, Dane Rousay. DJ Gerard Cosloy @ Sonic Transmissions Festival, Sahara Lounge (1413 Webberville Rd.), Austin, TX

*This date also features a screening of Milford Graves Full Mantis

– Thursday, October 4th – Kuzu @ The Mothlight (701 Haywood Rd.), Asheville, NC
– Friday, October 5th – Kuzu @ If ART Gallery (1223 Lincoln St.), Columbia, SC
– Saturday, October 6th – Kuzu @ Neptune’s Parlour (14 W. Martin St.), Raleigh, NC
– Sunday, October 7th – Kuzu @ October Revolution In Jazz & Contemporary Music, Philadelphia, PA
– Monday, October 8th – Kuzu @ Tubby’s, Kingston, NY
– Tuesday, October 9th – Kuzu @ Casa Del Popolo (4873 Boul Saint-Laurent), Montréal, QC
– Wednesday, October 10th – Kuzu @ TBA, TBA
Thursday, October 11th – Kuzu @ Bop Stop (2920 Detroit Ave.), Cleveland, OH
– Friday, October 12th – Kuzu @ Trinosophes (1464 Gratiot Ave.), Detroit, MI
– Saturday, October 13th – Kuzu @ Elastic Arts (3426 W. Diversey Ave.), Chicago, IL
– Sunday, October 14th – Kuzu @ Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.), Milwaukee, WI
– Monday, October 15th – Kuzu @ University of Illinois, Carbondale, IL
– Tuesday, October 16th – Kuzu @ Outside The Spotlight series, Lexington, KY
– Wednesday, October 17th – Kuzu @ The Blockhouse (201 S. College Ave.), Bloomington, IN

Tashi & I also have a forthcoming duo cassette on Magnetic South called Soft Berm. This tape was recorded straight-to-cassette in glorious mono by John Anderson at Reverberation Vinyl in Bloomington, IL. Here’s a little taste of that performance as documented by Michael Mayer:

I’m also excited to announce the first new Open Sex LP in five years, White Horses, out September 7th on Louisville’s Sophomore Lounge records:


Artwork by Xerox the Kidd

“(Thee) Open Sex Music comes from a decade-long practice of reductive composition and improvisation. The group has encompassed over 20 artists lurking around punk and experimental music circles, interchangeably shifting from minimal tape purr, Hypnotist beat and proto-punk textures.

The most consistent participants, guitarist and sound tech John Dawson (Magnetic South Recordings) and percussionist Tyler Damon (Dorji/Damon Duo, Circuit Des Yeux), anchor the two side-long pieces on “White Horses” with their evolving language and repetitive form. They are joined by Ben Lumsdaine (Spissy, C&R House Band), Mark Tester and Landon Caldwell (both of Creeping Pink and Burnt Ones) whose electronic pianos hover overhead and dissipated into colored vapor.

Recorded and mixed by Cooper Crain, mastered by Mikey Young.”

Release shows are slated for Indianapolis at Hoy Polloy on August 30th and Bloomington, Indiana at the Blockhouse on August 31st. Details forthcoming…

Last weekend Circuit Des Yeux had some hometown dates with appearances at the Empty Bottle and at the Pitchfork Music Festival. Here’s an excerpt of what the Chicago Tribune had to say about the set:

“Best set of the weekend: I have no idea what a band is going to have to do to oust Circuit Des Yeux as set of the weekend. Conjure thunder? (…) Soft yet loud, this was a set that rocked harder than anything to date that weekend, the band part of the drama rather than mere accompaniment, setting Fohr’s amazing voice in bedrock. She cooed, moaned, screamed and bellowed, went deep, so deep with songs broad in scope, and nigh flawless in execution. Wow.”

Circuit Des Yeux has some dates scheduled through the end of the year, including a free show with Deerhunter at House of Vans in Brooklyn and some stateside performances of Haley’s re-imagined score to Charles Bryant’s 1923 film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé:

– Saturday, August 18th – Circuit Des Yeux w/ Deerhunter @ House Of Vans (25 Franklin St.), Brooklyn, NY
– Sunday, August 19th – Circuit Des Yeux presents Salomé (1923) film score @ National Sawdust (80 N. 6th St.), Brooklyn, NY

– Friday, August 24th – Circuit Des Yeux presents Salomé (1923) film score @ The Art Institute Of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Ave.), Chicago, IL

– Saturday, September 8th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Hopscotch Festival, Raleigh, NC

EU

– November 9th-11th – Circuit Des Yeux presents Reaching For Indigo: Gaia Infinitus feat. members of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra @ Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht, NL
– Tuesday, November 13th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Folk (Olof Palmes Plats 413 04), Gothenburg, SE
– Wednesday, November 14th –  Circuit Des Yeux @ Revolver (Møllergata 32), Oslo, NO
– Thursday, November 15th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Fasching (Kungsgatan 63), Stockholm, SE
– Friday, November 16th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Inkonst (Bergsgatan 29), Malmö, SE
– Saturday, November 17th – Circuit Des Yeux @ Püschenfest, Puschen (Schlesische Str. 38), Berlin, DE

More announcements to follow but that’s it for now… – T


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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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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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Home from tour and looking forward w/ Circuit des Yeux…

Circuit des Yeux – Reaching For Indigo out October 20th, 2017.

Greetings all,

I’m back home after one of the finest outings I’ve taken with my guitar-wielding comrade Tashi Dorji. As usual I cannot thank everyone enough for the immense generosity and support we received along the way – thank you all so much.

Unfortunately, we did not receive our new trio CD Release on Austria’s Trost w/ Danish-via-Norway saxophonist Mette Rasmussen, To the Animal Kingdom, in time for our tour but they have finally touched down in the US and I will have copies in-person and on Bandcamp in due time. Stewart Smith wrote of our new disc in Wire Magazine recently, noting that:

“Head-shaking and fist-pumping opportunities abound with this bodacious live set […] that’s not to say To The Animal Kingdom is some dumb slab of noise-bro skronk; this trio balance free jazz dynamism and industrial clatter with textural soundwork and a keen sense of space.”

Additionally, Tashi & I’s new duo LP, Leave No Trace: Live In St. Louis, is currently being pressed and will be available December 8th – preorder it now from Family Vineyard. We’re down to the final copies of our debut, Both Will Escape, so snatch one up if you feel so inclined. Feeding Tube are also moving copies of our recent trio LP w/ Thom Nguyen, Manas – III, check ’em out…

If you were unable to catch us on tour, Deathwave TV captured a full set from our Bloomington, IN date at Magnetic South on Tashi’s birthday:

I’m very excited to hit the road in November with Circuit des Yeux in support of the new Drag City release Reaching For Indigo, out 10/20/17. Haley & I have been friends for years and I’m overjoyed to reconnect creatively and to have been invited to join CDY on tour. Two singles featuring my drum work, “Black Fly” and “Paper Bag,” have been premiered and you can check them each out below along with tour dates for the first leg of Reaching For Indigo performances (all dates supported by the inimitable Ka Baird):

– Friday, November 10th – Circuit des Yeux @ Trinosophes (1646 Gratiot Ave.), Detroit, MI

– Saturday, November 11th – Circuit des Yeux @ The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St W), Toronto, ON

– Sunday, November 12th – Circuit des Yeux @ Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B. (179 Rue Jean-Talon-Ouest), Montréal, QC

– Monday, November 13th – Circuit des Yeux @ Great Scott (1222 Commonwealth Ave.), Allston, MA

– Tuesday, November 14th – Circuit des Yeux @ AS220 (115 Empire St.), Providence, RI

– Wednesday, November 15th – Circuit des Yeux @ Rough Trade NYC (64 N. 9th St.), Brooklyn, NY

– Thursday, November 16th – Circuit des Yeux @ Johnny Brenda’s (1201 Frankford Ave.), Philadelphia, PA

– Saturday, November 18th – Circuit des Yeux @ Schuba’s, Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln Ave.), Chicago, IL


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