Acme Records presents Tashi Dorji / Tyler Damon & Bill MacKay @ Acme Records & Music Emporium, Milwaukee [14 September]

Acme Records presents Tashi Dorji / Tyler Damon & Bill MacKay

20:30 - 23:00

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Acme Records & Music Emporium
2341 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207
Acme Records is super excited to bring back Tashi Dorji / Tyler Damon duo to the shop.....this time with Bill MacKay opening the festivities. If you saw them grace the stage back in April you'll surely want to come back, and if you missed them this is your chance!


Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon

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.

TYLER DAMON (b. 1987, Cincinnati, OH USA) is a Bloomington, Indiana based artist whose work aims to reveal obscured and untold narratives via drums/percussion & free improvisation.

Their last appearance at Acme left me literally speechless, and words still fail me to describe what occured....I'll let these professionals tell the tale of witnessing the power that comes from these two:

“Tashi Dorji (electric guitar) & Tyler Damon (drums/percussion) reside in separate locales but have come together from a place of mutual admiration. The pair has scarcely spoken of intention regarding their music yet conjure a sound which suggests the familiar and the non-idiomatic at once. Flashes of ecstatic intensity, blurred timbral lines, fractal repetition, noir-ish, cinematic mystery and inclinations toward free play hint that the two are pleased to follow a winding path to destinations yet unknown. Dorji & Damon released their debut studio LP, Both Will Escape, and a cassette of live recordings, Live At The Spot +1, in 2016 on the Family Vineyard and Astral Spirits labels.”

“Although the duo are playing in real time, they manage to embed action within action […] The music is a bit like a set of Russian nesting dolls that aspires to challenge succession rather than confirm it.” – Bill Meyer on Both Will Escape & Live At The Spot+1, Wire Magazine #393

“Together, the combination of Dorji’s high-end metallic power-tool skree and Damon’s manic-but-earthy hippie clomping are a perfect pairing. Each has a musical spoon in the other guy’s soup to begin with, resulting in a collaboration that seems almost brotherly. […] I’d say expect great things, but they’re already happening.” – Tom Burris on Both Will Escape, The Free Jazz Collective

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Bill MacKay

You may have seen Bill MacKay a couple years back (that long ago?) open for Steve Gunn at the Cactus Club, or perhaps you've seen him play with Ryley Walker....or, perhaps you've not seen him yet at all.....we're looking forward to finally having him on the stage at Acme. A bit about Mr. MacKay:

Bill MacKay is a highly-regarded guitarist-composer-improviser based in Chicago. He has energized experimental folk, rock, and avant-garde scenes with his radiant songwriting, and creative and unpredictable approach to the guitar. He is also a writer, emerging polyglot, activist and visual artist. He has been recording & releasing records, and contributing to those of other musicians, since 2004.

His most recent records (Altamira (2015) by his band Darts & Arrows (ears&eyes), Land of Plenty (2015) a duo set with Ryley Walker (Whistler Records), Bill MacKay plays the songs of John Hulbert (Tomkins Square) and Rob Frye’s Flux Bikes-Sueñolas (2016) (Lake Paradise)) reveal a startling range – from the folk of Appalachia, avant-rock, and blues to gospel, jazz, raga-esque excursions, and western-country modes. Yet it’s the dynamic singularity with which he ties his interests together that is key to his art.

MacKay currently appears as a solo artist, with Darts & Arrows, and in current and ongoing collaborations with partners including Katinka Kleijn (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) Rob Frye (Bitchin’ Bajas), Sam Wagster (Cairo Gang), LeRoy Bach (Wilco, Five Style), Frank Rosaly (Health & Beauty), Renée Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang (The Blue Lights), Marvin Tate, Ryley Walker, Angela James, and Tim Kinsella (Joan of Arc).

His records have received praise in reviews by the Chicago Reader, Mojo, The Ear, Uncut, Downbeat, and New City among other publications. In 2014, he was composer-in-residence at Ragdale Foundation, and awarded an Individual Artist grant by the Illinois Arts Council (IAC).

He has performed with Renee Baker’s Chicago Modern Orchestra (Creative Music Summit – Sunyata: Towards Absolute Emptiness) at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), produced work on the soundtrack of the film Crying Earth Rise Up (Prairie Dust Films), and took part in Toby Summerfield’s Never Enough Hope recording & record release concert.

In 2016 MacKay played a solo set supporting set support Bonnie Prince Billie / Bitchin’ Bajas on their summer tour, performed at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival with Marvin Tate’s Weight of Rage, performed in a duo with Katinka Kleijn (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) at the Outer Ear festival at Experimental Sound Studios (ESS), appeared at Desert Daze festival in Joshua Tree, California with Ryley Walker, and supported Bill Callahan.

MacKay grew up in Pittsburgh and lived in several cities east and west before settling in Chicago in 1998.

His newest lp, which came out back in May I believe, out now on Drag City records is titled «Esker» and is easily one of my favorite records from this year....he will have copies available for purchase at the show.

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listen to some sounds here:


please join us for this amazing night of music at Acme Records, let's pack the place & marvel at what these three can do for our well being!
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