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The White Stallion

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2017; dur: 15′; Performance Continue reading

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Gonimoblast Live – with Maja S.K Ratkje and Arve Henriksen

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Gonimoblast, the ever-inventive sonic, electronic and jazz-inspired improvisers, led by dynamic bassist and composer Chris Mapp, are to release a double live album featuring striking guest performances from leading Norwegian vocalist Maja S. K. Ratkje and renowned trumpeter Arve Henriksen. … Continue reading

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Newly published old work for choir

Check link, and order score if interested!  

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Variations over Variations

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The Norwegian Radio Orchestra with brand new Norwegian music! Alfred Janson, Knut Vaage, Maja S. K. Ratkje and Jan Erik Mikalsen have written for the orchestra, including a brand new trumpet concerto. Variations over Variations presents four Norwegian composers and … Continue reading

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DIKHROOS

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2017; dur: 20′; Piece by SPUNK for concert band with SPUNK as improvising soloists Continue reading

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Will Not Split

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The Sound Projector: Two more cassettes from Kassettkultur are by Maja Ratkje and Bjørn Hatterud, both made at the same time and only ever sold together as a pair; “will not split” is the familiar rallying cry of antique dealers … Continue reading

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“And Sing…” reviews in Norwegian

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Sangen er så sentral at en får inntrykk av at sangen selv tidvis tar bolig i instrumentariet i Oslo Sinfonietta. Og da synger alt! Continue reading

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Still Eating Ginger Bread for Breakfast – The 20th Anniversary Concert

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2016; Album by SPUNK Continue reading

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Rum Music: The Best Of 2016 With Russell Cuzner at The Quietus

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It was another prolific year for Maja Ratkje, the polymathic Norwegian artist, that saw the release of several albums from And Sing’s matching of her extraordinary vocals with contemporary classical ensembles, through a collaboration with the modern jazz band Poing, … Continue reading

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Still Eating Ginger Bread for Breakfast reviews (in English, Norwegian, German)

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Boomkat: Pre-eminent free improv unit SPUNK offer a feast of uncanny, otherworldly sound in Still Eating Gingerbread For Breakfast, which is a recording of both sets from their 20th anniversary concert at Nasjonal Jazzscene in Oslo, December 2015. It forms … Continue reading

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Still Eating Ginger Bread for Breakfast – The 20th Anniversary Concert

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Rune Grammofon: “Formed in 1995, SPUNK comprises four of Norway’s most innovative musicians: Maja S. K. Ratkje, Hild Sofie Tafjord, Lene Grenager and Kristin Andersen. The quartet combine talents that range from vocal experiments, instrumental virtuosity, impulsive improvisation and a … Continue reading

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Genier i lysflommen

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2016; dur: 4′; Girls’ choir; Score at nb.no Continue reading

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And sing… reviewed by Bad Alchemy (DE)

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Wenn Maja singt, schläft niemand. Continue reading

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Crepuscular Hour reviewed by Nieuwe Noten (NL)

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De Noorse componiste en elektronica producer Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje schreef ‘Crepuscular Hour’ in 2010 in opdracht van het Ultima Festival in Oslo. Het werk heeft een markante bezetting, bestaande uit drie koren, drie instrumentalisten – gitaar, tenorsaxofoon en hoorn, … Continue reading

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Penger, moral og jazzgass (NO)

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1. mai-musikk Samtidsmusiker Maja S.K. Ratkje gir ut arbeidersanger med gruppen Poing, og mener man ikke må være redd for å være politisk bare fordi man driver med kunst. I fortroppen: Komponist og musiker Maja S. K. Ratkje er ikke … Continue reading

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Fifteen Questions Interview with Maja Ratkje

Maja S.K. Ratkje, fotografert hjemme på Svartskog. Foto: Ellen Lande Gossner

“Music is communicated through interpretation, and the performers as well as the listeners are active in the process. Along with that come the circumstances like the room and the situation the music is performed in. The whole context becomes a part of the interpretation.” Continue reading

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Ingen over ingen ved siden (NO)

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Tor Hammerø blogg: Maja S.K. Ratkje er en artist som har et helt unikt uttrykk. Her gir hun oss flere eksempler på det – både som komponist og sammen med gruppa Poing. Maja S.K. Ratkje har noe helt spesielt å … Continue reading

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Crepuscular Hour reviewed by Ondarock (IT)

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Delle due rappresentazioni dell’oratorio di un’ora scarsa “Crepuscular Hour” – la prima è avvenuta nella sua Oslo nel 2010 – la norvegese Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje (classe 1973) ha scelto, per l’incisione su disco, la seconda in Uk del 2012, … Continue reading

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Pyromanen

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2016; Music composed for the film Pyromanen by Erik Skjoldbjærg Continue reading

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Voz humana, música electrónica (ESP)

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La de Maja S. K. Ratke es una obra de escucha atenta, de colores y matices infinitos El Pais 6 JUN 2016 La compositora y cantante noruega Maja S. K. Ratkje trabaja principalmente desde tres frentes: la voz humana, la … Continue reading

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