Mette Rasmussen/Tashi Dorji LP out June 1st on Feeding Tube Records

IMG-2999                                                  “Mette Rasmussen is a Danish saxophonist, based in Norway, who has been recording with some of our favorite players (Chris CorsanoAlan SilvaMats GustafssonAce Farren Ford, etc.) She has also formed this duo with Asheville-based guitarist, Tashi Dorji (whose combo, Manas, has had two LPs on Feeding Tube this far: FTR 208LP, 2015 and FTR 330LP, 2017). The duo material for this LP was recorded in Montreal, right around the same time Mette and Tashi recorded a trio set for Trost (with the addition of drummer Tyler Damon). And it’s all great stuff. Mette’s playing has a raw tonal approach that makes one think of Eric Dolphy at his harshest. Her lines evince much of the same nimbleness as well. The effect is not unlike being hit in the face by a bunch of snakes with wings. Naturally, Tashi is playing electric in order to make himself heard, and the clots of sound he manages to coax out of his amp are worthy of comparison with such form-erupters as Keith Rowe. On the first side, there’s a real physicality to the blocks Tashi creates, as well as to the manner which Mette’s reed attacks them. It’s an incredible sound — brutal and communicative in equal measures. But as much as this may imply a musical surface akin to that of Borbetomagus, there’s a lot more open space here. Especially on the second side, the music is paced to give itself over (now and then) to crenellations that allows in as much light as they emit. This record is a supremely human effort and hopefully the harbinger of much more to come.” —Byron Coley, 2018

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Mette Rasmussen / Tashi Dorji

new band KUZU w/ Dave Rempis & Tyler Damon

DamonDorjiRempis6_JuliaDratel.jpgKUZU 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.  The trio’s forthcoming debut record Hiljaisuus (“silence” in Finnish…) is slated for release on the well-known Astral Spirits label in summer 2018, to be followed by two separate tours of the United States in late summer and fall.

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.

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MANAS tour and a new cassette

5/31 Lexington// 6/1 Columbus Ohio td solo// 6/2 Buffalo // 6/3 Rochester // 6/4 Toronto Tone Festival // 6/5 Montreal  Souni Per iL Popollo Festival // 6/6 Greenfield ma // 6/7 nyc ( td solo & duo w/ Joe McPhee & Bill Orcutt) // 6/8 DC // 6/9 Richmond // 6/10 Raleigh

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Fall 2017

  • ((AUGUST))

MANAS residency (every tuesday of august) at the Mothlight, we will be collaborating w/ local friends and out of town musicians. More details soon!

Also MANAS has few Georgia dates in August >> August 4th: Go Bar, Athen GA // August 5th: Fresh Produce Music Hall, Macon GA // August 6th: Eye Drum, Atlanta GA

  • ((September))

Tour dates w/ Tyler Damon:

9/6 Asheville, Static Age // 9/7 Columbia SC, If Art // 9/8 Durham, Pinhook // 9/9 DC, Rhizome // 9/10 Pittsburg. Howler // 9/11 Detroit, Trixie`s // 9/12 Ann Arbor ,tba // 9/13 Chicago, Elastic Arts // 9/14 Milwauke. ACME Records // 9/15 Madison, Art & Lit Lab // 9/16 Minneapolis, Icehouse // 9/17 Iowa City, Trumpet Blossom // 9/18 Bloomington IL, Reverbation Vinyl // 9/19 Indianapolis, State Street Pub // 9/20 Knoxville, Nightlight // 9/23 Louisville, CROPPED OUT Festival

2017 Looks like

June 9th trio w/ Joe McPhee & M. Geddes Gengras17880232_786972461460979_6589098105757281632_o

June 12th @ Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington VT// June 13th @ The Brick House, Turners Falls MA// June 14th @ Oxbow, Portland ME// June 17th, Foreside Music Festival, Kittery ME

MANAS in AUGUST>>>> August 1st @Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athen BA// August 2nd @ Fresh Produce Music Hall, Macon GA // August 3rd @ The Mammal Gallery, Atlanta GA// August 4th Nashville tba// August 5th St Louis tba// August 6th @ The Spot Tavern, Lafayette IN// August 7th @ The Magnetic South, Bloomington IN// August 8th Knoxville tba

Tashi Dorji/Tyler Damon Duo// SEPTEMBER TOUR >>>>09/06 Asheville )) 09/07 Columbia SC )) 09/08 Durham NC )) 09/09 DC )) 09/10  Pittsburgh )) 09/11 Detroit )) 09/12 Ann Arbor )) 09/13 Chicago )) 09/14 Milwaukee )) 09/15  Madison )) 09/16  Minneapolis )) 09/17 Iowa City )) 09/18 Bloomington IL )) 09/19 Bloomington IN )) 09/20 Knoxville TN

SOLO OCTOBER >>>> 10/20 Durham )) 10/21 & 10/22 Residency at The Black Iris Gallery, Richmond VA )) 10/23 Baltimore MD )) 10/24 & 10/25 Duo w/ Annie Lewandowski @ Cornell University )) 10/27-10/29 Residency w/ Bill Nace @ Pioneer Works, Red Hook Brooklyn



Ta/shi Dorji/ Tyler Damon Duo March dates…

Duo w/ Tyler Damon:

– Friday, March 31st – w/ David Dondero, Will Csorba @ Duke Coffeehouse (Crowell Building, Epworth Dorm Ln.), Durham, NC

– Sunday, April 2nd – w/ Cincinnati Improvisers Group @ The Comet (4579 Hamilton Ave.), Cincinnati, OH

– Friday, April 7th – w/ 75 Dollar Bill, Daniel Wyche @ Mission Creek Festival @ Trumpet Blossom Cafe (310 E Prentiss St.), Iowa City, IA

– Saturday, April 8th – w/ Tontine Ensemble @ Acme Records (2341 S Kinnickinnic Ave.), Milwaukee, WI

– Sunday, April 9th – w/ Six Organs Of Admittance, Health & Beauty @ Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Ave.), Chicago, IL

– Monday, April 10th – w/ Mars Trio @ Mahall’s (13200 Madison Ave.), Cleveland, OH

– Tuesday, April 11th – @ The Red Room, Normals Books & Records (425 E. 31st St.), Baltimore, MD

– Wednesday, April 12th – Manas trio, Ross Hammond (Sacramento, CA), André Cholmondeley @ Static Age Records (110 N. Lexington Ave.), Asheville, NC