Photo by Ricardo Adame. Margate Park, Chicago, September 2020
Dave Rempis and I have been shaking the rust off for about an hour every Friday evening over the past month, hitting on occasion with Josh Abrams on bass. Setting up on Chicago’s north side adjacent to Lake Michigan, we have been performing for friends and strangers alike and have relished the opportunity to do so safely during the pandemic. Dave has been streaming these via his Instagram page if you’d like to check them out: @daverempis
Ken Vandermark wrote of one performance:
“Jazz On A Summer’s Day 2020: Thanks to Dave Rempis and Tyler Damon for bringing challenging music to a safe place to listen on Friday afternoon, August 21st. It was a beautiful day and a group of listeners, masked and safely distanced, met to hear the duo under a canopy of trees in the park near Foster and Marine Drive. Based on the current circumstances and projections on the near future, it looks like this may be one of the only viable ways to make live music possible in front of an audience sharing the same space for a while. Much appreciation to Dave and Tyler for giving an example of how to work through this period as a musician, and for playing with passion under challenging circumstances.”
Many thanks Ken!
Photo by Ricardo Adame.
To Catch A Bird In A Net Of Wind, my latest LP with Tashi Dorji released this past April on Austria’s Trost label, was recently reviewed in Wire Magazine #440 in conjunction with a broader feature on Tashi’s excellent new LP on Drag City, Stateless. Marc Masters reports:
Circuit des Yeux – Reaching For Indigo out October 20th, 2017.
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
October 2, 2017 [permalink] Circuit Des Yeux, Deathwave TV, Discography, Drag City, Duo, Family Vineyard, Feeding Tube, Live, Manas, Manas Trio, Mette Rasmussen, Reaching For Indigo, Stewart Smith, Tashi Dorji, Thom Nguyen, tour, Trio, Trost, Video, Wire Magazine
Tashi Dorji and I were reviewed in the new issue of Wire Magazine by Bill Meyer (thanks again Bill!). He wrote about the recently released Astral Spirits cassette “Live At The Spot +1” and our new LP on Family Vineyard, “Both Will Escape.” Check out the review below and snag a copy of the mag if you feel so inclined:
Other recent reviews of “Both Will Escape” below:
Marc Masters’ 200 Words column at The Out Door:
“…there’s something frighteningly blood-quickening about Dorji and Damon’s nuclear energy on Both Will Escape, such that the entire 43 minutes seems to glow with radiation and spark with high voltage. The sounds of Dorji’s earth-clearing guitar and Damon’s fist-pumping kit rocket out of the speakers in ways that feel dangerously uncontrolled, like someone playing with a plugged-in toaster over a filled-up bathtub. I’m hesitant to make comparisons because the specific language Dorji and Damon have quickly developed deserves to be savored and digested on its own, but suffice to say that there’s a rarified upper echelon of guitar/drum annihilation that for me is topped by the detonating 90′s work of Rudolph Grey and Rashied Ali, and Both Will Escape squarely belongs in that league.”
Justin Spicer’s Cerberus column at Tiny Mix Tapes:
“As Dorji settles in and begins to twist his guitar into a steely sledgehammer, Damon begins to apply a similar blunt force to his percussive instruments. They do this not through one particular sound study; the rhythm and influence jumps from song to song, keeping both nimble and on edge. Neither wants to drop the ball, so the results are an album’s worth of fantastic ideas that can’t settle down. Each brings its own mood and setting; a very Prokofiev feeling.”
Eike Klien also reviewed the LP for German readers over at Das Klienicum…
October 12, 2016 [permalink] 200 Words, Astral Spirits, Bill Meyer, Both Will Escape, Cerberus, Das Klienicum, Duo, Eike Klien, Family Vineyard, Justin Spicer, Le Son Du Grisli, Live At The Spot +1, Marc Masters, Monofonus Press, Press, Review, Reviews, Tashi Dorji, The Out Door, Tiny Mix Tapes, Wire Magazine
Hyped on this…might be my first time in print (?):