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Sat, Sep 15 2018 8:30 PM

Tashi Dorji, Bill Orcutt, Lo Conocen, VOL.

TASHI DORJI grew up in Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Residing in Asheville since 2000 and soaking up a vast array of music. Along the way, Dorji developed a playing style unbound by tradition, yet with a direct line to intuitive artistry. His recordings feature improvisations that spasmodically grow along tangential, surprising paths. All references break loose during a composition, as Dorji keys into his own inner world. His compositions drag the listener into a labyrinth of warbling tones, where each sound seems to jump out and replace the eerie silence that would otherwise occupy the atmosphere. The textures remain sustained in the reverberation as the vibration of the strings dwindle and ascend. After a handful of releases on various labels since 2009, Dorji presented his debut LP on Hermit Hut, the label created by Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) in 2014. And since Tashi has released music both as a soloist, and with duo projects, notably with percussionist Tyler Damon and MANAS (w/ Thom Nguyen) on labels like Bathetic Records, Cabin Floor Esoterica, Blue Tapes, Marmara Records, Feeding Tubes, UNROCK, VDSQ, MIE, Ultra Violet Light, Family Vineyard and Astral Spirits.

BILL ORCUTT‘s guitar playing has an apocalyptic energy. Harry Pussy’s blown-apart blues records and the torrent of solo acoustic records he’s made since 2009 are rather far apart compositionally, but they’re united in the frantic way he chews up and spits out his instrument. Low parts rumble like mushroom clouds on the horizon. Piercing trebly plucks buzz like swarming locusts. Erratic rhythms and the off-key ramblings punctuate all the more melodic parts. Orcutt plays with the Spirit of a doomsday preacher, spewing surreal, dark imagery from a guitar with only four strings running down the neck of his acoustic.” – Pitchfork

Karl Evangelista – guitar
Nava Dunkelman – percussion
Jordan Glenn – drum set
Bruce Ackley – reeds

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Bruce Ackley and Eugene Chadbourne
Fred Frith and Nava Dunkelman
Fred Frith, Guitar; Jordan Glenn, Drums; Jason Hoopes, bass