This night is to be thought of as a tasty juxtaposition of exploratory solo guitar virtuosi with deep fried Baltimore electronic strangeness.
First up in support of their 2015 split album is Tashi Dorji and Marisa Anderson. This album got wide acclaim including Pitchfork’s Top 20 Experimental records, talky bits on NPR, and Tiny Mix Tape verbiage like “hearing the echoes of the past, present and future from different angles…..A truly spectacular first foot forward……..deconstructing the standard guitar myth.”
These two are a juxtaposition in and of themselves. Dorji, a High Zero alumni, cranks up some very shattered and textural acoustic work, giving long form to some dark stream of consciousness. When he does “plug in,” the sounds are ferocious, machine terrors and melancholic dirges beneath a layer of mud and muck. Anderson, by contrast, spools out introspective electric songs that blur free form designs with folky, haunted gospel.
Jimmy Joe Roche and Will Schorre bring forth the following local traditional song forms: the broken “ditty”, the Baltimore “mating call”, the yucky “bird song”, and last but not least “the super bowl party room clearer.” these fellas are about to head out of town for a tour of some sort, presumably music related but could be gold or silver prospecting.
Tashi Dorji –
A Bhutanese guitarist now residing in Asheville, NC, Tashi Dorji makes
meticulously crafted sounds that conjure spirits, wrestle demons and
tame wild beast. As beautiful as they are cerebral , his acoustic
works are reminiscent of Derek Bailey`s free improvisations, flamenco
and Fahey`s Americana.
Marisa Anderson –
Marisa Anderson’s guitar playing is fluid, emotional, dexterous and
original. National Public Radio says Anderson’s playing “exposes and
hides the mysteries of American music”. Pitchfork calls her recent
record, ‘Mercury’, ”Brilliant” and Wire Magazine says, “Her sound has
strength in restless variety…Anderson’s playing is heartfelt and
utterly American, free from grandstanding and steeped in respect for
the old tradition.”