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Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)
Photo by Rob Galo.

Photo by Rob Galo.

North Carolina guitarist Tashi Dorji has gotten all over the map in his solo work. From jagged, acoustic fingerpicking styles to spatial, harmonic-driven decaying passages, Dorji delves into the deepest spheres of his instrument. While Dorji often uses extended technique to wring color and character from the guitar, some of his most powerful work is in minimal, breathable, vaguely bluesy pieces. On his 2016 collaborative album with Indiana-based drummer Tyler Damon, Both Will Escape, Dorji strikes a balance (albeit on electric guitar) between constant and spatial, creating a texture both dense and breathable. This thick texture, when paired with a percussive groove that Damon quickly frames at the start of the record, softens and reestablishes concepts of time and space. Dorji stretches and pulls apart rhythms like taffy, sometimes molding them back together into a twisted agglomerate. Meanwhile, Damon's loose grooves establish impressions of time along Dorji's amorphous canvas. It's easy to lose yourself in the colors and overtones on Both Will Escape, and it'll be exciting to see what this duo's ongoing collaboration yields both live and on record. —Emili Earhart

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