We’ve had a strong relationship with The Wire since TUSK Festival was born in 2011. For most of our editions in that time, a member of the magazine’s team – more often than not, editor Derek Walmsley – has come up to act as moderator/inquisitor in one-to-one’s with a range of artists appearing over the weekend. We’re delighted to welcome Derek back again this year and to announce the two subjects he has chosen to talk to at TUSK 2019 – Mariam Rezaei and Bill Nace.
You’ll know by now that we’re ardent admirers of Dr Mariam Rezaei and the relentless tide of action, creativity and inspiration that she drives through the artistic world of the North East and much further afield. Producer, turntablist extraordinaire, improvisor, organiser, educator – serial musical wonders with Mariam’s driving force behind them, not least The Old Police House, producers of the essential TUSK Fringe and keepers of the adventurous music flame on Tyneside throughout the year. She’s also a serial collaborator and has spent this summer writing her new collaborative piece with Lasse Marhaug for two turntables and string quartet that they will premiere over TUSK weekend. You may also see her demonstrate her genius sleight of hand with a pair of decks during this discussion.
Then on Sunday, Derek talks to Bill Nace. It could be said that Bill is better known than ever now via his being half of Body/Head with Kim Gordon. Its likely the first time his noises were heard at TUSK HQ were on the release of Key Cutter by Vampire Can’t, the magnetically cacophonous collaborative album he recorded with Jessica Rylan and Chris Corsano (both big hits at TUSK 2011). Then of course we were wowed by Ceylon Mange, his trio with Karen Constance and Dylan Nyoukis that promises to be a highlight of this year’s festival. He also runs the great Open Mouth label and has played with a host of our favourites including Okkyung Lee, Twig Harper, Samara Lubelski and many more.
The talks take place at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday in Northern Rock Foundation Hall.