New Release: MANAS + N.R. Safi
New live cassette "Alone We Are Alone As Far Down As the Sediment" sees a sonic meeting of free jazz heavyweights Thom Nguyen and Tashi Dorji with Naujawanan Baidar's N.R. Safi
MANAS - otherwise known as the duo of iconoclastic guitarist Tashi Dorji and drummer extraordinaire Thom Nguyen - have made tsunami-sized waves in the free jazz and improv scene with their numerous tape and LP releases (drawing praise and support from such luminaries and fellow-travelers as Bill Nace and Ben Chasny) and their face-melting live shows, including high profile touring with Godspeed! You Black Emperor.
Back in the summer of 2019 they invited Naujawanan Baidar's N.R. Safi to sit in with them at a show organized at Fleetwoods, a self-proclaimed "rock and roll wedding chapel" in Dorji and Nguyen's current home of Asheville, North Carolina. Captured on tape was roughly thirty minutes of raw and pummeling improvisation, guitar-become-drum-become-guitar, building and collapsing over and over again like a collective howl from the depths of a necrotic capitalist empire in decay.
RELEASE DATE: February 16th, 2022
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Tashi Dorji: electric guitar
N.R. Safi: electric guitar
Thom Nguyen: drums and percussion
Recorded live at Fleetwoods in 2019 by Thom Nguyen
Dedicated to the memory of the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish from whom we borrowed the title
Artwork by ساپی
Mixed and mastered by N.R. Safi