Headway Recordings release 2012
Tashi Dorji- Solo Guitar
Art by Kristine Ratanaphruks
Recorded by Patrick Kukucka at the Static Age Studio, October 2011, Asheville, NC.
"Improvisation II" recorded at the Hi-Five studio, Summer of 2009 by Kukucka.
Cassettes are SOLD OUT!
released May 19, 2012
This Bhutanese newcomer hardwires trad guitar soli moves with forward-thinking pluck/scrapes stylings à la Derek Bailey and Alvarius B, unspooling delirious weaves of steel-string.
-Jon Dale, UNCUT Magazine
Tashi takes a point on the guitar and explores it inside and out, plucking, scraping and sometimes integrating beautiful cascading arpeggios. There's something about his playing that makes me smile every time I hear it. Every once in a while he'll pull a move that makes you realize, "this guy has crazy chops" and then he'll move into pure sound. Wonderful.
-Ben Chasny (Six Organs, Comets on Fire, Rangda, 200 years)
One conspicuous quality of this tape is the intimate nature of the improvisations. Tashi's playing feels proximate, almost like he's sitting adjacently. It is apparent on the first track, as Tashi's frenetic, but controlled style makes the oppressive heat easier to tolerate. Periodically, warm passages with a beautiful melody appear. The third track is one of many highlights here, as Tashi plays something that could have come from the catalog of Sir Richard Bishop. The next track is more like a lo-fi raga - another notable track. Side B features three tracks. Tashi's skilled use of space, and the tone of the strings is notable on the second track. The last track is magnificent and sounds differently relative to the other tracks - soft patterns, frenzied playing and lots of interesting elements to this track.
- Honest Bag Blog, 2012
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