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.
𝕴𝖓 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖘𝖙𝖆𝖙𝖊 𝖔𝖋 𝖘𝖎𝖊𝖌𝖊, 𝖙𝖎𝖒𝖊 𝖇𝖊𝖈𝖔𝖒𝖊𝖘 𝖘𝖕𝖆𝖈𝖊
𝕿𝖗𝖆𝖓𝖘𝖋𝖎𝖝𝖊𝖉 𝖎𝖓 𝖎𝖙𝖘 𝖊𝖙𝖊𝖗𝖓𝖎𝖙𝖞
𝕴𝖓 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖘𝖙𝖆𝖙𝖊 𝖔𝖋 𝖘𝖎𝖊𝖌𝖊, 𝖘𝖕𝖆𝖈𝖊 𝖇𝖊𝖈𝖔𝖒𝖊𝖘 𝖙𝖎𝖒𝖊
𝕿𝖍𝖆𝖙 𝖍𝖆𝖘 𝖒𝖎𝖘𝖘𝖊𝖉 𝖎𝖙𝖘 𝖞𝖊𝖘𝖙𝖊𝖗𝖉𝖆𝖞 𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝖎𝖙𝖘 𝖙𝖔𝖒𝖔𝖗𝖗𝖔𝖜
– 𝕸𝖆𝖍𝖒𝖔𝖚𝖉 𝕯𝖆𝖗𝖜𝖎𝖘𝖍
released February 12, 2022
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 for this piece