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Crepuscular Hour DVD reviewed by ATTN: Magazine

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By positioning the musicians at the perimeter and the audience at the centre, Crepuscular Hour becomes an act of materialisation. Instead of bursting outward and dispelling into the open air, sound funnels inward and solidifies – guitars react effervescently with … Continue reading

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Crepuscular Hour DVD reviewed by Boomkat

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Crepuscular Hour is a foreboding, toweringly ambitious and arresting new work by celebrated Norwegian composer Maja SK Ratkje, bringing the worlds of Choral music and Noise together in a way that will leave you gasping for breath. Its her first … Continue reading

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Creouscular Hour DVD reviewed by Bad Alchemy (DE)

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Wo soll man bei der Trondheimerin mit dem Staunen anfangen? Bei Fe-mail, ihrem radikalen Duo mit Hild Sofie Tafjord? Beim Miteinander mit Lasse Marhaug oder Phantom Orchard? Ihren Brecht-Songs mit Poing? Bei Spunk, gipfelnd im 12-jährigen Zyklus “Das Wohltemperierte Spunk”? … Continue reading

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BRAK RUG reviews from Tape to Zero (in Norwegian and German)

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“Als Abschluss des ersten Abends dürfen wir einen tollen Trip erleben, mit Maja Ratkje, Øyvind Brandtsegg und Siv Øyunn Kjenstad mit ihrem noch jungen, Experimental-Projekt Brak Rug, das aus einer spontanen Idee heraus entstand und bislang nur sehr wenige Auftritte erlebte.” Continue reading

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Kapital & Moral

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The combination of the trio POING and vocalist Maja S. K. Ratkje has been referred to as among the best, boldest and most innovative players in the Norwegian music community. On their new album, “Kapital&Moral”, they present a selection of … Continue reading

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Mektig skumringstime (NO)

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Maja S.K. Ratkje lager musikk slik jeg vil ha det, bortenfor det lettvinte, opplagte og sleipe. Arild Andersen, Aftenposten 05.04.2016 Maja S.K. Ratkje er vanskelig å møte med likegyldighet. Hun formidler alvor gjennom ukonvensjonell form og vekker interesse gjennom det … Continue reading

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Songar om kapital og moral (NO)

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– Vi har musikk nok til mange prosjekt. Men vi satsar på politikken, seier Maja S. K. Ratkje om Kapital & Moral. Dag og Tid 29.april 2016 Komponisten og musikaren med det fulle namnet Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje har i … Continue reading

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Maja S. K. Ratkje bouscule l’avant-garde avec le grandiose Crepuscular Hour (FR)

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The Drone: Ecoute et survol de l’album, dispo sur Rune Grammofon. 21.04.2016, par Olivier LammPréparez-vous à quelque chose de violent. Je ne parle pas de la musique que vous allez entendre – même si elle n’est pas dénuée de fureur … Continue reading

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More Crepuscular Hour DVD reviews in English

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Dalston Sound: Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje: improvisational vocalist, electronics artist, composer. She’s been a member of the electro-acoustic quartet SPUNK since 1995, and has an extensive portfolio of work in various media – her life as a sound artist is … Continue reading

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Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje vill stoppa oljesponsringen av norskt kulturliv (SE)

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HYMN, mars 2016 Mellan den 23 maj och 6 juni 2012 gick kulturfestivalen Festspillene i Bergen av stapeln. Kompositören och musikanten Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje var där… under protest. En av Festspillene i Bergens huvudsamarbetspartners är nämligen det norska oljebolaget … Continue reading

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Crepuscular Hour

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Crepuscular Hour was originally commissioned for a performance at the Ultima festival 2010 in Uranienborg church, Oslo. The work is composed for three choirs, three pairs of noise musicians and concert organ. All performers surround the audience, and are amplified … Continue reading

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Rasaka

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Concert recording from Rødbrygga, Inderøy, April 2013. Maja S. K. Ratkje (voice and live electronics) with the trio SAKA: Kristoffer Berre Alberts (saxophones), Jon Rune Strøm (double bass), Dag Erik Knedal Andersen (drums). CD and Vinyl. Mixed by Lasse Marhaug.

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5:4 reviews In Dialogue with Rudnik, live at HCMF

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Maja Ratkje’s interpretation of various recordings by Polish composer Eugeniusz Rudnik—fittingly titled In Dialogue with Eugeniusz Rudnik—was decidedly non-linear. An audible descent took us into a dream-like place where sounds and ideas float, swirl, coalesce, swoop, soar and plummet. Bells, … Continue reading

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Maja solo at The Crossing, Birmingham

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Ratkje epitomisess the modern Norwegian musical mindset: there are no categories and no limits in her music, and yet there is also extraordinary focus and character. Yes, she is called a vocalist because the sounds she makes are generated by … Continue reading

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Voice – Sculpting Sound with Maja S. K. Ratkje

“Voice present beautifully the immediate appeal of the art of Ratkje. Her complex portrait present her as a determined, uncompromising artist with a clear, far reaching vision but also as an artist that still looks to be at home with her voice sounds, to balance her artistic vocation and family. You cannot but surrender to her highly personal creativity, enthusiasm and honesty. Highly recommended.” Continue reading

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Music for Hitchcock’s Blackmail

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2015; dur: 75′; Score for the film Blackmail to be performed by two improvising musicians Continue reading

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Bilder av lyd (NO)

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Da Kennedy-ene danset til samtidsmusikk på diskotek. Jeg kjenner ei som er så redd for slanger at hun ikke engang kan se bilde av en. Å gå inn i en butikk med magasiner eller bøker fra dyreriket kan være risikabelt. … Continue reading

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Og det ble lyd! (NO)

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Det er umulig ikke å la seg fascinere av Maja S. K. Ratkjes grenseløse utforskning og skaperkraft. For to dager sidet forvandlet årets festivalkomponist, Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, Dokkhuset til et mørkt trykkammer av elektronisk og vokal sampling. Med en … Continue reading

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Av og til så kan det jo bli kunst (NO)

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A book edited by Maja S. K. Ratkje with quotes from private interviews with the singers in Trondheim Voices about finding their voice, art, the singer’s role, the physicality, the narrative power of the voice and more.  From the research … Continue reading

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Celadon reviewed by The New Noise (IT)

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(…)Celadon è il pianto malinconico delle sirene, Banshee che intonano magiche litanie, sentori di muschio che avvolgono una giornata autunnale, l’odore delle foglie secche e umide, un richiamo ancestrale in cui si evidenziano il sottofondo drone particolarissimo e glaciale della … Continue reading

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