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Marisa Anderson, Tashi Dorji 

When: Mon., May 9, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $8

MONDAY, MAY 9 MARISA ANDERSON & TASHI DORJI

With apologies to the matriarch of it all, Elizabeth Cotten, the world of solo instrumental guitars is one dominated, both historically and presently, by white men. Perhaps the pattern stems from the form's customary influences, like country and folk and classical, or maybe it's a mere extension of adolescent guitar-god fantasies. Last year, though, the new label Footfalls Records delivered a deliberate shot across that institutional bow with a humble, gorgeous seven-song split between electric Portland picker Marisa Anderson and Bhutan-born, Asheville-based improviser Tashi Dorji. Together, Anderson and Dorji showed that this realm could look and sound diverse. Dorji jumps and dances along the strings, pushing together tufts of notes only to pull them back apart. His songs percolate with ideas and enthusiasms, crammed into small spaces at an elevated pace. Anderson, however, leans back, patiently indulging a theme or a mood as if there is no rush in the world, nothing else to do at all but contemplate the musical shapes her guitar can make. Her new record, Into the Light, seems to glimmer from a distance, beckoning like a candle's dim flame. —Grayson Haver Currin

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