TUSK Music Presents

TUSK Festival 2019

October 11-13


Sunn Trio hail from Phoenix, Arizona, surrounded by deserts like the Middle Eastern guitar music that is one of the notable influences on their sound, along with free jazz and harsh exotica and touchstones as disparate as Sonny Sharrock and Thinking Fellers Union Local 282. The TUSK team all enthused simultaneously at the release of Sunn Trio’s Fayrus album on the Unrock label last year – it’s a kaleidoscope for the ears featuring sax, saron, gong, boning, lap steel, tambura, Gameboy, oud and more and it wears a clear sense of just when and when not to don those rockist chops and when to just let it all bleed out into the universe. In the words of Alan Bishop, “Wielding Indo-Arabian Saz & white lightning six-string shrapnel amidst an alligator snapping turtle’s rhythm section, this trio-quartet-sextet may also sprout horns, flutes, animal skins, or shadow gamelan to faithfully demolish that whiny and predictable listening experience of today’s tepidly lazy, underachieving experimental music scene. Not a “safe” environment.”