Xylouris White with Tashi Dorji

Xylouris White with Tashi Dorji

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm

All ages, $14 suggested donation at the door

Rough Drift presents the North Carolina debut of Xylouris White at The Carrack Modern Art in Durham. The duo will be in town just a week before the release of their first LP, Goats, via Other Music Recording Co. on October 14. Asheville-based guitarist Tashi Dorji opens the evening.

George Xylouris and Jim White come from different parts of the world and from vastly divergent musical backgrounds, but their connection is palpable. Xylouris, a legendary Cretan folk musician, and White, an icon of underground music, and member of the seminal Australian band Dirty Three, have forged something surprising and impossible to categorize with Goats, which was produced by Guy Picciotto of Fugazi.

Tashi Dorji grew up in Bhutan, where access to any music created outside the country is limited, given the country’s geological isolation. Yearning for access to the world outside, Dorji pursued and obtained a fully-paid scholarship to a liberal arts school in Asheville, NC, in his early twenties. He’s since settled there, soaking up a vast array of music, most notably the works of Derek Bailey and John Zorn. 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.