AMN Reviews: Tashi Dorji and Tyler Damon – Soft Berm (2018; Magnetic South Recordings)

Hear ye, aesthete! Hear ye, free music(s) fan! Hear ye, improvisers! The brash, virulent duo of Tashi Dorji and Tyler Damon hold the keys to the kingdom and are ready to storm the palace of non-idiomatic form. Shimmy Soft Berm, the latest from guitarist Dorji and drummer Damon’s ever-proliferating corpus, into the deck. Comprised of a single live performance from Fall 2017, this one has all the hallmarks and hits the high points.

Soft Berm is a fine specimen of contemporary audio verité: the wow, flutter, and hiss of the original source recording, the sounds of shuffling feet and crowd noise, and even a few unsteady moments during the duo’s sonic explorations remain preserved and presented. Whilst their studio releases afford the pair a degree of forgiveness and/or rumination on the productive process, make no mistake, Berm’s fleeting moments of disorientation are as fascinating as the eons of pure exhilaration captured on this performance. From Damon’s crystalline drum paradiddles to Dorji’s prepared guitar hypno-raga, the duo spends just over 40 minutes trekking through three distinct sonic movements, in which they sanguinely explore space, syncopation, timbre, tension, and release. Damon is easily one of the most exciting percussionists to appear on the scene since Chris Corsano and having recently witnessed Kuzu, Damon and Dorji’s trio with Dave Rempis, I can assert that his technical proficiency and stamina behind, around, and in front of the drum kit are top-notch. Meanwhile, Dorji remains one of the few contemporary guitarist possessive of a Bailey-esque sensitivity, which is manifestly apparent in his tasteful engagement with his looping pedal.

Barring any wanton self-indulgence or dives off the proverbial deep end, this duo is walloping towards canonization. You heard it here first. Don’t be surprised when you hear someone half your age name-checking Damon and Dorji alongside Rashied Ali and John Coltrane as a force to be reckoned with in the realm(s) of free/improvised/art rock.

– J. Sebastien Ericsson Saheb

Another ESP-Disk’ Show in New York

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From ESP-Disk’:

Tuesday, January 19th
ESP-Disk’ LIVE @ The Bowery Poetry Club

10pm
Flaherty-Corsano-Carter
Paul Flaherty – alto and tenor sax
Chris Corsano – drums
Daniel Carter – woodwinds and trumpet

11pm

Joe Morris Trio (ESP 4056)
Joe Morris – guitar
Steve Lantner – piano
Luther Gray – drums

The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery New York, NY 10012
Between Houston and Bleecker
F train to 2nd Ave or 6 train to Bleecker

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Ashtray Navigations / Flower-Corsano Duo in Syracuse

From New Thing Productions:

Ashtray Navigations
Flower-Corsano Duo
Thursday, October 29
9PM
$15 General Admission
$12 Students and Seniors

Red House welcomes Psychedelic Noise Project from UK!

Red House Arts Center has become a standout venue in Central New York for experimentalmusicians, hosting Alva Noto & Byetone from Germany, mudboy from Providence, and Zach Layton,MV Carbon and The Loud Objects from New York City. This trend continues when Red Housewelcomes Ashtray Navigations and the Flower-Corsano Duo from the Termite Club in the United Kingdom.

Phil Todd, inspired by the UK’s underground tape music scene, formed Ashtray Navigations in 1994 in Stoke On Trent, England. The psychedelic noise project defies easy categorization given the diverse nature of Todd’s collaborators and the incredible breadth of work Ash Nav has created. Ash Nav consists of Phil Todd (guitar/electronics) and Melanie Delaney, aka Ocelocelot (electronics).

“No matter how limited or impossible to find, every release by this one-man-plus sideshow proves to be a stimulating slice of homemade musical nirvana.” – Foxy Digitalis

Michael Flower (shahi baaja, a modified electric version of the Indian bulbul tarang) has been involved in a number of solo projects and is best know for his work with Vibracathedral Orchestra. Chris Corsano plays drums and has performed with Paul Flaherty, Jim O’Rourke, Björk, EvanParker, Jandek, Thurston Moore, Vampire Belt and Six Organs of Admittance among others.

Ashtray Navigations and the Flower-Corsano Duo will perform at the Red House Arts Center on Thursday, October 29 at 9PM. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for students and seniors and are available from http://www.theredhouse.org. For more information please contact Mike Intaglietta at 315-425-0405 or email press@theredhouse.org.

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DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET Photos

Fred Frith performing with (off camera) Larry ...
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From DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET:

October 15, 2009
Evan Parker Duo with Fred Frith, The Stone
Fred Frith, Evan Parker

October 13, 2009
Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core, Roulette
Scott Amendola, Satoko Fujii, Lawrence Ochs, Donald Robinson, Natsuki Tamura
Evan Parker Trio with Chris Corsano & Nate Wooley, The Stone
Chris Corsano, Evan Parker, Nate Wooley

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Edgefest 2009

This year’s Edgefest takes place late next month in Ann Arbor.

SCHEDULE: Edgefest 2009 (subject to change)
Wednesday:
7PM KCH: Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore
9:30PM KCH: Roscoe Mitchell and Thomas Buckner

Thursday:
8PM KCH: Tomas Ulrich’s Cargo Cult
10PM KCH: Positive Knowledge

Friday:
8PM KCH: Gravitas
10PM KCH: 4 Altos and Third Man Trio

Saturday:
2PM KCH: Conspiracy Winds Ensemble
4PM KCH: Yuganaut with Roscoe Mitchell
7PM KCH: Brad Shepik’s Human Activity Quintet
9PM Place TBA: Reeding-The Riot Act
10:30PM KCH: Hamster Theatre

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DMG Newsletter August 7th, 2009

From DMG:

John Hollenbeck! Two from Henry Kaiser! Paul Motian Trio 2000 2! DJ Spooky Matt Shipp Trio DVD! Donny McCaslin! Yitzhak Yedid!

Jon Hemmersam/Dave Liebman! Chris Corsano! Eddie Prevost/Courtis/Bruce Russell/Mattin! John Cage DVD-A!

Mirage! Turning Point! and more Important Archival Jazz Discs from the UK Vocalion Label!

Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, August 9th at 6pm:
TED DANIEL TRIO CD Release Celebration from Legendary Loft Jazz Trumpet Hero!
Featuring Ted Daniel on trumpet, Richard Pierce on bass & Jay Rosen on drums!

Sunday, August 16th at 6pm:
CLIFTON HYDE Returns!

Sunday, August 23rd at 6pm:
THINK SHADOW featuring
MICHAEL ATTIAS & SEAN CONLY – Amazing New Sax & Bass Duo!

Sunday, August 30th at 6pm:
PIERRE YVES MARTEL – Viola da Gamba!

Sunday, Septembr 13th at 6pm:
LOUIE BELOGENIS & SHANIR BLUMENKRANZ!
Amazing Free/Jazz Sax & Contrabass Duo!

Sunday, September 20th at 6pm:
MATT LAVELLE & JASON STEIN!
Two Colossal Bass Clarinetists in a Rare Duet!

Sunday, September 27th Double Header!
6pm – DAVE GROLLMAN/BRAD HENKEL/VALERIE KUEHNE!
A Fine New Drums/Trumpet/Cello Trio!
7pm – BEN GERSTEIN & TONY MALABY!
Wow! Powerful Trombone & Tenor/Soprano sax Duo!

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Eli Keszler & Ashley Paul at Metropolis 8/10

From Syracuse’s New Thing Productions:

August 10th @ 8pm
Eli Keszler & Ashley Paul
$5-$10 Donation
Metropolis Underground
615 S. Main St (backside of bldg, first door on your left)
N. Syracuse, NY 13212

Eli Keszler, using drums, along with crotales, bells, bowed metal, strings, Eli creates a unique whirlwind of sound that balances sparse droning harmonics with intense, fast, free rhythms. He has performed, recorded or collaborated with artists such as Jandek, Phill Niblock (performed a new work of his for bowed crotales and saxophone), Roscoe Mitchell, Loren Connors, Charles Cohen, Anthony Coleman (appearing on his New World Records Release), Aki Onda, Bryan Eubanks, David Linton, Steve Pyne (Redhorse), Greg Kelley, Ashley Paul. Eli has performed at venues like The Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Irving Plaza, Merkin Hall, Issue Project Room, The Stone and The Knitting Factory (NYC and LA), and countless bookstores, basements, and small galleries around the US and Europe. He has released solo CD’s and cassettes on REL as well as labels such as Rare Youth (debut solo LP, Livingston), Reverb Worship and Something on The Road.

Ashley Paul plays reeds, unique string instruments, electronics and sings. Her dream-like music juxtaposes aggressive, sustained high pitched blasts, floating vocals, clattering strings and bells, cry- like saxophones and is somehow tied together by oddly melodic songs. In the past year she performed with Loren connors, Aki Onda, Joe Morris, and Greg Kelley, premiered a new work by Phill Niblock for soprano saxophone and bowed crotales (written for her and Eli Keszler), performed as part of the US premiere of Mauricio Kagel’s masterpiece ‘Der Schall’ at Merkin Concert Hall in New York and was heard in a live feature on wzbc’s Rare Frequency. Additionally, Ashley performs regularly with Anthony Coleman in duo, trio and on his recent New World Records release, plays duo with Eli Keszler and has recently begun performing solo, sharing the stage with Thurston Moore, Mats Gustaffson, Chris Corsano and others.
http://www.myspace.com/elikeszler

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