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Tashi Dorji, Shane Parish 

When: Fri., Sept. 30, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $12

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

TASHI DORJI & SHANE PARISH

Asheville guitarists Tashi Dorji and Shane Parish are musical omnivores. On their latest album, Expecting, flashes of flamenco brush into free-improvised splatter that become rolling walls of glimmering harmonics. Those pieces are interrupted by bursts that are abstracted gamelan gongs. Those are then reconfigured into sunny, American primitive ramblings, which then dissolve into spacious gagaku imitations. Hiding in the background are the ethnic forgeries of the Sun City Girls and the pantheistic naturalism of mid-aughts freak folks like the Jeweled Antler Collective or Pelt. Likewise, the duo's acoustic guitars encompass a huge sonic gamut: they buzz and clatter, they chime and thump.

Over the course of the past decade, Parish and Dorji played together in all kinds of different contexts, and it shows. When they play together, they have a way of finishing each other's musical sentences, and you often can't tell who is playing what. One will come up with an idea, and the other hops in immediately with a perfect addition. Expecting's fourteen-minute "Storm Sinks Boat," for example, begins with a wall of obsessive strumming around a single wobbly note, with each thorny, unfurling figuration gradually ratcheting up the tension. It's a subliminally charged drone; the sounds of picks and fingers hitting strings tell as much of the story as the pitches. Just when it seems the drone will resolve into some dark John Fahey-isms, everything dissolves into taps and swishes, interrupted by the occasional chord to remind us where we came from. When the drone returns, it picks up a nasal tone before settling into more gentle undulations. Though the music is completely improvised, the two sound wholly fused, their complementary visions resulting in wonderfully variegated soundscapes.

Both players make frequent stops in the Triangle. Most recently, Dorji had a couple of memorable sets with drummer Tyler Damon at Hopscotch, while Parish played at The Shed with his group Ahleuchatistas—but this will be a rare duo set. It should be an opportunity to expand on some of the intriguing fragments from the album. More likely, the duo's restless energy will unspool into something new and equally engrossing. —Dan Ruccia

THE SHED, DURHAM
8 p.m., $12, www.shedjazz.com

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