The most surprising thing about Otomo Yoshihide being in the TUSK 2018 line-up is that he’s never appeared for us before now. Anyone who’s followed the festival’s progress since 2011 knows we have a special place for Japanese avant garde magic and there are few names in that field more prominent than Otomo.
This isn’t his first time on Tyneside though its well over a decade since Otomo appeared in these parts (on the Feedback:Order From Noise tour in 2004 with Alvin Lucier, Toshimaru Nakamura and others).
In that time, his repute as a singular artist, whether on guitar, turntable (with or without records) or electronics has solidified through a career that includes collaborations with Derek Bailey, Jim O’Rourke, Hijokaidan, Evan Parker and many more. Meanwhile he’s also nurtured a parallel career in TV and film soundtracks, producing works that grace mainstream daytime TV in Japan and hitting his home country’s top ten on more than one occasion.
So we’re grateful to Otomo for taking time out from his hectic schedule to make this inter-continental whistle-stop tour purely to appear at TUSK – and you can expect a double helping as he’ll be performing solo and in a first-time collaboration with the great Konstrukt.