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.
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Catalytic Quarterly Issues 5-8 (2019)
"n a very limited quantity of 25 hand-numbered sets, we present the first four issues of the Catalytic Quarterly collected in an envelope designed by our own Federico Peñalva. Get one while the stock lasts!"
Catalytc Sound Festival 2021: Chicago
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T-Shirt - Catalytic Sound Festival 2021
"Designed by Federico Peñalva in commemoration of the 2021 Catalytic Sound Festival. Screen printed by Barrel Maker Press in Chicago."
All Your Ghosts in One Corner
""But their ability to construct musical tension in an almost agonizing way reaches a new peak on All Your Ghosts In One Corner. Drawing on these musicians’ love for a range of weighty musical expression from doom metal to the deeply-rooted spirituality of saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, this record perfectly captures the depth of the abyss into which we faced. And yet this record isn’t about fear. Redemption is found in the life-affirming energy of these performances, which reflect a will to survive in the band’s committed focus and tenacity. These are spontaneous rituals performed to brace an entire community for the upcoming storm." - Aerophonic Records"
Mette Rasmussen / Tashi Dorji
Mette Rasmussen & Tashi Dorji
""The density of the improvisations isn’t of the overlapping non-communicative variety, but is rather sympathetic and well timed. When one provides hard lines, the other provides color. Their excellent rapport makes for a very compelling listen; let’s hope we hear a great deal more from this duo in the near future." -Nick Metzger, Free Jazz Blog"
"A guitar that sounds like razor blades dragged across the face of impending doom. A guitar that sounds like Godzilla crashing an orchestral performance set in a warehouse stocked with pessimism and confidence. A guitar that sounds like a tree being felled by a fighter jet’s depression. All in all, Tashi Dorji‘s Blue Twelve can only be summed up by actually listening to it. The beauty of the album lies in it’s desire to evoke fantastical melodies that avoid the expectations of normal guitar sounds. -7BitArcade"
But A Night That Ends, As All Nights End, When The Sun Rises
""It’s also the kind of tape that welcomes the morning sun peeking over the horizon, greeting it with sleepy-eyed enthusiasm and going about its business following a productive all-nighter. It’s workmanlike in its progress, deliberate, yet full of surprises if you’re not ready for them." - Ryan Masteller, Tiny Mix Tapes"
Tashi Dorji & John Dieterich
""These cats set up and go. Both disorienting and elevating, this set of improv guitar is likely to rattle your mind." - J.M. Hart"
Master of Time
Tashi Dorji & Susie Ibarra
"Like a terma passed down to us from another era, Master of Time is a capsule uncovered from a specific moment in time, a ritual performed and then sealed in a bottle for the people of the future. This is an album which deserves to be heard, again and again, by those who would discover the secret to making some of the best improvised music out there today." -Peter Tracy, A Closer Listen"