Whispers of Night + Tashi Dorji & Sarah Louise
Whispers of Night
Whispers of Night is an acoustic experimental improvisation duo
featuring Majid Araim and Benjamin Shirley on a variety of instruments
and timbres. Formed in early 2014 in Atlanta, the duo focuses on
creative expression, respect, and collaborative exploration of sound.
The duo performs sets of completely improvised music, honing a
sympathetic and dynamic musical bond. In 2016, Whispers of Night
released a limited edition cassette of recordings edited into two
side-long suites from sessions in Nathaniel Kiser's Sleeping Partner
Studio, and will release a new set of recordings in late 2017.
Tashi 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. The experience is one equally disorienting and reflective, in which Dorji’s musicianship brings haunting beauty and mindfulness to the listener. 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.