SPUNK

Whereas much has been said about the eclectic nature of SPUNK, there is something seamless and holistic about their music. SPUNK’s albums are not a hotchpotch of borrowed musical references, disjointed arrangements and incongruous contrasts. Any ruminations on blurring the boundaries between composition and improvisation or high and low art make no sense. This is music from a new generation for a new generation. Listening to SPUNK, one is flushed down the plughole of time into a dark dank drain to be eventually washed-up on some new musical shore. The contribution and combination of Kristin Andersen, Lene Grenager, Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, and Hild Sofie Tafjord is in no way contrived. SPUNK are musicians who are part of a zeitgeist who, in their very essence, are pluralistic, in and out of certain traditions, and belong only where they have arrived. Some strange and strong cultural phenomenon is abound and SPUNK are part of it. (John Richards)

Fred Frith likes SPUNK (To Dagsavisen 2013):

Last time I heard SPUNK was phenomenal! They are among the most exciting improvising groups in the world right now. (Fred Frith)

SPUNK has existed since 1995, and have made concerts over the whole world. SPUNK records album on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon.

Pippi Longstocking invents the word “spunk” and then spends one day looking for a meaning for the word. With the same attitude SPUNK freely creates improvised music, where each members individual expression matters equally. SPUNK was formed in 1995 and is an active ensemble both in Norway and internationally, live and on records. The concert space is very important for SPUNK and almost acts as a fifth member of the ensemble, as seen in their site specific installation Reir and Lys, or in concerts with live video. SPUNK is Kristin Andersen, Hild Sofie Tafjord, Maja S.K. Ratkje and Lene Grenager.

SPUNK performs most often as quartet playing concerts with improvised music. We have also made several collaborative/extended projects such as:

DIKHROOS

SPUNKDIKHROOS2

LIGHT/LYS

and NEST/REIR

In 2012 we finished our 12 year long project Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK!

SPUNK is:

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje –voice, various, electronics

Hild Sofie Tafjord – French horn, electronics

Lene Grenager – cello

Kristin Andersen – trumpet, recorder

SPUNK’s discography:

Det eneste jeg vet er at det ikke er en støvsuger (Rune Grammofon 1999)

Filtered Through Friends (Rune Gramofon 2001) (remix album)

Den øverste toppen av en blåmalt flaggstang (Rune Grammofon 2002)

En aldeles forferdelig sykdom (Rune Grammofon 2005)

Kantarell (Rune Grammofon 2009)

LIGHT (Rune Grammofon 2011)

Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK (Rune Grammofon 2013)

Adventura Botanica (Rune Grammofon 2014)

Live in Molde (+3dB 2014)

Still Eating Ginger Bread for Breakfast – The 20th Anniversary Concert (Rune Grammofon 2016)

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Concert reviews

Lene in artwork by Per Inge Bjørlo

This is SPUNK’s 10th Aniversary memorial volume. You can get it on request.

4 Responses to SPUNK

  1. admin says:

    How great to hear! I am very happy with that Box.

  2. John Crabtree says:

    Love it – just bought the box set – astounding fierce ,real and present

  3. admin says:

    Dear Ulrich! I am not sure what’s available out there, but I guess you have tried both the label, runegrammofon.com and Boomkat? There is a track at SPUNK’s home page for sure, together with some files form some installation works which also contain music. I hope you don’t give us up! spunkmusic.com

  4. I do not buy music to which I can’t listen at least 30 seconds or so before.
    In fact this is not possible on your and other homepages which are offering SPUNK.
    Please let me know if I am wrong or please let me know the site on which I can listen to excerpts of SPUNK’s music.
    Thanks you and all best wishes
    Ulrich Ruetzel
    http://www.ulli-ruetzel.com

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