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Manifest des SPUNK – So tönt die Welt der Maja S.K. Ratkje (DE)

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Über ein Konzert von Maja S.K. Ratkje im Voraus einen Programmtext zu schreiben, ist eigentlich gar nicht möglich. Weder ist ihrer Musik – Ist es „Musik“? – mit einer klassischen Werkbesprechung beizukommen, noch ist klar, in welche Klangregionen die Norwegerin … Continue reading

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Vannklang

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2018; dur: 15′; Flexible ensemble and sound files Continue reading

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Now she smiles – No, she doesn’t

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2018; dur: 45′; Voice, electronics and ensemble Continue reading

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Sult/Hunger

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2018; dur: 45′; Dance performance by Jo Strømgren Sult was premiered at the National Opera and Ballet April 26, 2018. All music composed and performed live by Maja S. K. Ratkje. Costume designer Bregje van Balen. Lighting designer Stephen Rolfe. … Continue reading

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Insel mit Gespenstern (DE)

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Rolling Stone Magazin Feb 2018: Ist das ein Wiegenlied, um ein Kind in der Schlaf zu bringen? Oder wird hier, bei all den unguten Geräuschen unter Melodie, eine erschreckliche Gespenstergeschichte gesungen, eine Moritat, die so tief in die Hirne und … Continue reading

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Snydelig

Snydelig

Album for kids (and grown-ups!) by the Norwegian duo Meg og kammeraten min. Featuring The Norwegian Radio Orcheastra, The Norwegian Girls’ Choir, Maja S. K. Ratkje (on theremin) and others. Also on vinyl.

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Noise and the Voice: exploring the thresholds of vocal transgression

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An interview made by Aaron Cassidy, included in the book Noise in and as music, published by University of Huddersfield Press.  

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Aeolian

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2017; dur: 25′; Accordion and ensemble; Installation by Kathy Hinde; Score at nb.no Continue reading

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3 hus

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2017; dur: 3′; Electronic Continue reading

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Reviews (in Norwegian) from the premiere of Revelations (This Early Song)

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En veldig sterk sangsyklus som kanskje sier like mye om hvordan vi mennesker har det idag som hvordan man gikk rundt og pratet på slutten av forrige istid. Det har en vakker og poetisk tekst av Aasne Linnestå, som har … Continue reading

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Revelations (This Early Song)

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2017; dur: 55′; Mezzo and string quartet; Text by Aasne Linnestå; Score at nb.no Continue reading

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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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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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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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