Category Archives: Record reviews

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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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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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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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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And sing… reviewed by Dagens Nyheter (SE)

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Med de två nya verken på albumet ”And sing…”, komponerade för sin egen röst, Cikadaensemblen och Oslo Sinfonietta under ledning av Christian Eggen, bidrar tonsättaren Maja SK Ratkje på ett överraskande sätt till årets Shakespearefirande. Det första är en avantgardistisk … Continue reading

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Crepuscular Hour DVD reviewed by The Quietus

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“When I was young, I was really quite scared of the dark. I think my parents taught me to be and I remember the deciding thing was, I turned around and said: I’m going to go to the woods at … Continue reading

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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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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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More Kapital & Moral reviews in Norwegian

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“Det er forfriskende uironisk – morsomt og gravalvorlig på en gang” 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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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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Celadon reviews in English

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“A bold, striking, and deceptively ferocious artistic statement that is like absolutely nothing else that I have heard(…)” Continue reading

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