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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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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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Grande Improvvisazione Ad Angelica (IT)

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Si possono condividere le parole di Luca Vitali, che nel programma di sala fra l’altro individua nella musica di SPUNK una qualità olistica e il consapevole tentativo di scongiurare le insidie ricorrenti nella libera improvvisazione collettiva: «egocentrismo, incoerenza, alcuni “gesti” tipici e codificati del free jazz, mancanza di dinamica e di humor». Continue reading

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Årets All Ears-finale svarte til forventningene (NO)

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Jazznytt # 234 2015: Det er kanskje vanskelig å tru det, men i år feirar kvartetten SPUNK, med Kristin Andersen, Lene Grenager, Hild Sofie Tafjord og Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, heile 20 år. Det har vore, og er framleis, ei … Continue reading

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Live in Molde reviews (in English, German, Dutch and Polish)

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  Massimo Ricci. Touching Extremes: Joëlle Léandre: double bass; Kristin Andersen: trumpet and flutes; Lene Grenager: cello; Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje: voice and electronics; Hild Sofie Tafjord: french horn and electronics Some collaborations are, in straight words, gifts of mother … Continue reading

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Live in Molde

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+3dB: “SPUNK and Joëlle Léandre is a match made for history. Based on their first joint appearance at Belleville, Oslo, in 2008, Molde Jazz Festival suggested that these players join forces again, a situation that warranted documentation. Léandre is one … Continue reading

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Adventura Botanica – the album (reviews in Norwegian, English and German)

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Dagsavisen: Botanisk eventyr Då SPUNK i 1999 kalla sitt første album «Det eneste jeg vet er at det ikke er en støvsuger», var eg hekta. Eg meiner, berre tittelen, og eg meiner det hende på dåverande klubb Belleville i Oslo. … Continue reading

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Adventura Botanica

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Rune Grammofon: “On in this botanical adventure – or “Adventura Botanica” – SPUNK join forces with one of Norway’s leading modern dance exponents, Odd Johan Fritzøe, to create a sound and movement work celebrating Darwin’s legendary, game-changing voyage to Madagascar. … Continue reading

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Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK reviewed by Nordische Musik (DE)

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…entstand so ein ebenso radikales wie einzigartiges Großwerk der norwegischen Musikgeschichte, das einerseits das 20. Jahrhundert verabschiedet, andererseits aber auch ein Monolith für die Zukunft. Continue reading

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Adventura Botanica

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2013; dur: 50′; Dance performance by Odd johan Fritzøe, SPUNK (music) and Karl Hansen (art) Continue reading

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Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK reviewed by Free Jazz Blog

And let’s be frank: “Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK” is a masterpiece, a total work of art. It conceives an acoustical notion of how men live, a sonic painting of life on earth in general, a musical universe celebrating creation and civilization because of the selection of the places involved – from commercial centers, cultural venues, sacred sites and private apartments to natural surroundings. Continue reading

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Sounds: mit Phantom Orchard Orchestra, SPUNK und Jenny Hval (DE)

Der Blues scheint verflogen, es bleiben die Sounds: unsere monatliche Kolumne von Redakteur Jens Balzer. Im Monat Mai mit: Phantom Orchard Orchestra, Spunk und Jenny Hval. Rolling Stone (DE) 07. Mai 2013, von Jens Balzer Des Öfteren ist in den … Continue reading

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Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK reviewed by The Wire

Anton Webern’s mathematically centred String Quartet Op 28 (1938) is one of the most influential and controversial works of the 20th century – expanding on Bach’s music as it explored the tempered 12-tone scale, Webern tipped his hat to the … Continue reading

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Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK reviews in Norwegian and Swedish

Dagens Nyheter: Veckans album (…)Precis som efter långvarigt sällskap av Bachs preludier och fugor infinner sig efter ett tag en viss déjà vu-känsla, men i själva verket finns hela tiden små, små skiftningar. Här finns förstås också en uppenbar formföre­bild … Continue reading

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SPUNK firar och tar farväl av det gamla (SE/NO)

På boxen “Das Wohltemperierte Spunk” utforskar den norska kvartetten SPUNK tolv toner i den tempererade skalan. Verket tog tolv år att skapa! Ett firande av den tempererade musikens historia, men också ett firande av musikens mikrotonala potential och ett farväl … Continue reading

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Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK

Rune Grammofon: “At one minute past eight in the evening of the twentieth of January, 2001, the Norwegian quartet SPUNK began playing a drone in the key of B, inaugurating a project that would weave into their musical lives for … Continue reading

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2012; Multi-installation by SPUNK Continue reading

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Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK

2001-12; A 12 years’ concert project by SPUNK Continue reading

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Reviews in German from Donaueschinger Musiktage with SPUNK and Phantom Orchard

photos: Hans Kumpf Improvisation zu Recht keine Männerdomäne mehr Südkurier, Donaueschingen 17.10.2011 “(…)Einer Nachfolge-Generation gehört das norwegische Quartett Spunk an. Die vier Frauen haben nicht mehr erbittert um ihre Rollen kämpfen müssen – und doch arbeiten sie nicht weniger hart … Continue reading

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