Asheville, NC based guitarist Tashi Dorji performs solo and discusses his work with Option programmer Ken Vandermark
[photo by Connors Manke]
Tashi Dorji is a guitarist improviser based in Asheville NC. Tashi was born and raised in Bhutan.
After a handful of small releases 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 as a collaborator, notably with Mette Rasmussen, Aaron Turner (Sumac, Mamiffer), Che Chen (75 Dollar Bill), Aki Onda, Michael Zerang, John Deiterich (Deerhoof), C Spencer Yeh, Dave Rempis, Tyler Damon, Patrick Shiroishi, KUZU ( w/ Dave Rempis & Tyler Damon), MANAS (w/ Thom Nguyen) on labels like Moone Records, Gilgonko Records, Bathetic Records, Trost, Cabin Floor Esoterica, Blue Tapes, Marmara Records, Feeding Tubes, UNROCK, VDSQ, MIE, Ultra Violet Light, Aerophonic Records, Medium Sound, Family Vineyard and Astral Spirits.
“Tashi Dorji is one of the most exciting improvisers working in 21st century improvised music. I first encountered his unique guitar style through the powerful trio Manas (with Wes McCoy and Thom Nguyen on drums.) Since that time, I have been lucky enough to hear him perform with the likes of Dave Rempis, Tyler Damon and C Spencer Yeh. Always contributing, and always sounding like himself. Tashi has carved a unique sonic space with a highly identifiable sound that’s constantly evolving and truly inspiring.” Tim Daisy- Option curator
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