Home from tour, a video, more press & end-of-year dates…

Southwest Diner, St. Louis, MO. Photo by Jeremy Kannapell. 

Greetings everyone,

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:

http://deathwave.tv/artists/tyler-damon/

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:

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2016/11/02/tashi-dorji-and-tyler-damon-play-chicago-behind-the-years-most-exciting-improvised-album

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:

http://www.reconquista.biz/SHOP/FV97.html

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:

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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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“Both Will Escape” promo trailer & preview track now streaming…

Quick update: Family Vineyard has premiered the promotional trailer for Tashi Dorji & I’s new LP, Both Will Escape, out October 14th and available for pre-order here: http://bit.ly/DorjiDamon

Additionally, you can now stream the first track from the LP over at the FV soundcloud page:

Thanks for listening! – T


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“Live At The Spot +1” w/ Tashi Dorji out now!

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Tashi Dorji & I have a new cassette release out now via Austin, Texas’ fantastic Astral Spirits label entitled “Live At The Spot +1”- we are really stoked to finally get this one out there! It’s limited to 175 copies and you can order one HERE or snag one from us on tour. Here’s a preview of the tape:

…and here’s what the label has to say about it:

“Astral Spirits is unbelievably excited to present the debut release from the duo of Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon! “Live at the Spot +1” presents 1 solo performance by each as well as 3 duo cuts all (but one) recorded live at The Spot Tavern in Lafayette, IN, toward the beginning of Tashi & Tyler’s time together as a duo. Since these recordings Dorji & Damon have recorded another full length album (the amazing “Both Will Escape” out in October on Family Vineyard Records!), done a handful of tours together (including a small tour as a trio with Mette Rasmussen!) AND tore the roof off the Hungry Brain at “Astral Spirits in Chicago” as a trio with Thom Nguyen of MANAS.

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“Live at the Spot +1” is a snapshot of Dorji & Damon learning to play together. At times it may sound a bit loose, but Dorji & Damon never loose focus. “Flashes of ecstatic intensity, blurred timbral lines, fractal repetition, noir-ish, cinematic mystery and inclinations toward free play” is part of their own bio BUT also is the perfect description of the music you’ll hear on this tape. Throughout the entirety of the tape there is an unhinged excitement exuding from the music. True modern day fire music captured live in all it’s glory.”

Special thanks to Tom Burris for capturing the clip below from the “Live At The Spot” gig that got the ball rolling on this one:


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German “Oninbo” review + Damon/Jost duo clip + archival release on Auris Apothecary…

Darin Gray and I received a nice German-language review of our duo release “Oninbo” from Eike Klien on his Das Klienicum blog:

http://dasklienicum.blogspot.com/2015/07/eingestreut-832-darin-gray-tyler-damon.html

Additionally, Tom Burris has captured another clip of me in the wild, this time w/ my upright bass/clarinet cohort Keith Jost at Bloomington’s own Artifex Guild:

Keith is on his way to greener pastures in Newark, NJ, so this clip stands as a testament to what is (likely) our final show for some time. Certainly not our last meeting, however…

For one last piece of news, Auris Apothecary has released an archival session featuring two of my great friends, Deserter (Greg Simpson/Rare Candies) and Dante Augustus Scarlatti (Bruce Woodward) from 2010. From Auris Apothecary:

“A “lost” session from 3 of Auris Apothecary’s most trusted accomplices, recorded in stunning fidelity in 2010 inside one of the most aesthetically & musically awe-inspiring spaces in the Midwest. 7 tracks totaling over an hour of quasi-improvisational avant-garde manifestations of harsh noise, ambient atmospheres, black metal, post-rock, melodic repetitions, and other dense sonic tapestries”

This was a very formative and, indeed, experimental time for me musically – I wasn’t quite sure which direction I was going in but I was really trying to push myself to try new things. I was drifting away from a lot of the heavy stoner rock, post-rock and metal I had briefly explored and I was increasingly interested in free improvisation and noise but hadn’t quite found my voice in that realm yet. Engineer Tim Smiley, another great friend of ours, managed to grant us access to the incredible space during a break in classes at Indiana University, so we spent all night in there trying out whatever sprung to mind. That said, I have really enjoyed revisiting this document. Bruce (D.A.S./Auris Apothecary label-head) has done an excellent job presenting Auer Hall Sessions and I hope that listeners enjoy the disc on its own terms and also as a reference point for where I’ve ended up musically today. It’s limited to 50 copies and is available now HERE.

 


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