Friday Jun 8th 2018 @Rhizome
Tashi Dorji, Unicorns in the Snow, Mint Hill
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. His compositions drag the listener into a labyrinth of warbling tones, where each sound seems to jump out and replace the eerie silence that would otherwise occupy the atmosphere. The textures remain sustained in the reverberation as the vibration of the strings dwindle and ascend. After a handful of releases on various labels 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 with duo projects, notably with percussionist Tyler Damon and MANAS (w/ Thom Nguyen) on labels like Bathetic Records, Cabin Floor Esoterica, Blue Tapes, Marmara Records, Feeding Tubes, UNROCK, VDSQ, MIE, Ultra Violet Light, Family Vineyard and Astral Spirits.
Unicorns in the Snow (Julia Vering) and Mint Hill (Angela Saylor) reunite to collaborate on a tour of their experimental works across the US. Unicorns in the Snow is Vering’s 15 year multimedia performance project that incorporates minimal dark sounds, affected accordion, interactive projections of stop motion animation and cryptic impressions inspired by hospice social work. Saylor’s Mint Hill utilizes samples, drum machines, tapes, keys and singing to create spare electronic paintings of memories of a place imagined as it would like to be remembered. Founded in 2003 within an attic on yew st in olympia, wa, mint hill grew from a nostalgia for a home away from home.
Unicorns in the snow : Vering’s new piece, Motherhood, is inspired by Shelly Duvall’s fairytale theater, the mundanity of domestic life and parent-child relationships. Vering sits cloaked in projections of the animated minks stoles she talks to, playing affected accordion while a smattering of samples recorded of bedtime routine with her young children rattles on. Haunting music contrasts with farcical dialogue.
Mint Hill : electronic interpretations of space and time with minimalist compositions and displaced memories of ghost towns, funeral homes, fantasies and finch farm.
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