Turkuaz Shares ‘Remain In Light’ Virtual Performances Featuring Adrian Belew & Jerry Harrison
One of the most highly anticipated collaborations of 2020 was due from Turkuaz, who were set to honor the 40th anniversary of Talking Heads’ iconic Remain In Light album with performances featuring Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew. While the pandemic led Turkuaz, Harrison and Belew to delay their plans, the ensemble did give a preview of what lies ahead.
Turkuaz gathered remotely with Jerry, co-founder of Talking Heads, and Adrian, who toured with Talking Heads in support of Remain In Light to contribute a set to Bonnaroo's “Virtual ROO-ALITY” livestream special last September. Video of the performance has been shared by Turkuaz.
“Turkuaz came [to] town to play the Exit/In. Jerry Harrison flew in and he and I went to see the show,” Belew recalled of seeing Turkuaz in December 2019. “It was super funky and joyous! After two songs we looked at each other and said ‘this is gonna work beautifully!'”
“What a joy it is to be playing music with Adrian Belew again,” added Harrison. “Having recently produced music for Turkuaz, it was like I was introducing close friends who had never met. We all left the rehearsal very excited.”
The remote performance began with a take on the early Talking Heads classic “Psycho Killer.” Next, Turkuaz teamed with Harrison and Belew for Remain In Light standout “Houses In Motion” before Jerry and Adrian contributed to the Turkuaz original “Ophidiophobia.” The four-song set ended with an extended take on “Crosseyed And Painless” from Remain In Light.
Watch Turkuaz’s Virtual ROO-ALITY set featuring Jerry Harrison & Adrian Belew: