RIYL-ty Bytes: Tashi Wada

Photo Credit: Dicky Bahto

Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile a playlist of tracks that are resonating with them.

From Tashi Wada, to you ~ 

“Night Vision” — a mix of recent and older favorites from my ears to yours. Enjoy!


1. “Black Woman” – Sonny Sharrock
2. “Love Is a Jungle” – Peter Ivers
3. “Turiya & Ramakrishna” – Alice Coltrane
4. “Khaleek Bil Beit” – Fairouz
5. “For J.R.” – Lucy Railton
6. “Orchestral Memory” – Elodie Lauten
7. “Andromeda Memories” – Kyle Gann
8. “Words I Heard” – Julia Holter
9. “Your Sweet Love” – Lee Hazlewood
10. “Questions” – Annette Peacock
11. “What Reason Could I Give” – Ornette Coleman
12. “Watch Over This Boy” – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
13. “The Bells” – Lou Reed
14. “Enlightenment” – Sun Ra and His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra

RIYL-ty Bytes is updated by a different artist each month. If you like something, save it to your library.

Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends – Nue Remixes: Laurel Halo / Julia Holter – May 3, 2019

Following the release of last year’s Nue, the fourteenth installment of FRKWYS, RVNG’s intergenerational collaboration series, Tashi Wada shares musical space with Laurel Halo and Julia Holter by way of their respective remixes of “Niagara” and “Fanfare.”

Both Laurel and Julia extract underlying moods from Nue for their singular takes on the Wadas’ original compositions (Tashi composed Nue with his father, Yoshi Wada, a pioneering Fluxus artist). Halo wields the sirens of Nue as signals of melodic paranoia pervading her percussive and propulsive “Lilith” mix of “Niagara.”

Holter revisits the steady drones and cascading keys of “Fanfare,” on which she contributed vocals and instrumentation on Nue, for her “Unearthly Bird” remix. Coaxing whispers prelude the bagpipes before vocals take center stage, transforming her remix into a composition baring resemblance to her 2018 album, Aviary. Tashi contributed to that album as Julia did to Nue; her take on “Fanfare” represents a further enmeshing of the duo’s musical union.

Nue Remixes: Laurel Halo / Julia Holter is available for pre-order now at the shop.

Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends – “Mutable Signs” – Video by Dicky Bahto

“‘Mutable Signs’ is a duet of Julia Holter and me, fellow Sagittarians. A star lit at dusk.” – Tashi Wada

watch Dicky Bahto’s video for their duet below. Tashi, Julia, and Corey Fogel will perform Nue at Zebulon in Los Angeles with DJ support from Pete Swanson and Carlos Nino on Wednesday, October 17th. It’s a free t’ing.

Tashi Wada Group & The Kesh Ensemble – National Sawdust, NYC – October 2, 2018

on tuesday, october 2, tashi wada will perform nue with his father yoshi wada, julia holter, and corey fogel at national sawdust in brooklyn, new york. todd barton and his new kesh ensemble will perform works from barton’s collaboration with ursula k. le guin, music and poetry of the kesh, at the beginning of the evening.

tickets are available now, yet are close to gone: purchase