Author Archives: Maja Ratkje

Maja S. K. Ratkje in conversation with Ragnhild Eskeland Wesenberg

A Norwegian composer and musician, Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, has a highly productive career to look back on. Not that it’s over any time soon; it has still only just begun. In this episode she gives us a glimpse into … Continue reading

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Magisk støy i verdensklasse (NO)

Forvridde landskaper og sterk vokal på Barents Spektakel. Review by Aslak Heika Hætta Bjørn, Scenekunst.no 04.03.2022 Trioen Avant Joik består av Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, live-elektronikk og vokal, Katarina Barruk, vokal og joik, og Matti Aikio, live video. Før pandemien … Continue reading

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National Anthems reviews (in German)

Hessischer Rundfunk: (…)Die Norwegerin Maja Ratkje hat vorn mitgesungen, mitgeflötet, Geräusche produziert, gejault, gepiepst, geknarzt, mit Plastikfolie geraschelt, und das Ensemble Modern hat ihr Stück National Anthems gespielt. Acht unterschiedliche Länder und Nationalhymnen haben wir dabei kennengelernt, die es alle … Continue reading

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National Anthems

2021; dur: 35′; Voice solo, Picc/Fl, Ob, Cl/B Cl, Bsn, Hn, Perc, Pno/Synth, 2Vln, Vla, Vc, Cb/El Bs, live electronics and projections; Score at nb.no Continue reading

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Yrande liv og mythos frå Maja Ratkje på Dokkhuset (NO)

Anders Kruse, Under Dusken 3. februar 2022, publisert på underdusken.no Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkjes verk Rökkur er eit møte mellom gamle instrument og ny musikk, som ikkje kunne gått nokon annan veg enn dette. Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje har no … Continue reading

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Hugs and Bugs

Clean Feed Records: “Hugs and Bugs” is the product of the compositional mind of saxophonist Kristoffer Berre Alberts, whom the notes of this album indicate as its initiator, curator, editor and producer, with the help of electronics visionary Lasse Marhaug. … Continue reading

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Spill for meg pappas hjerte så jeg kan høre det

2021; dur: 13′; Vln; Score at Wise Music Classical Continue reading

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Considering Icarus

2021; dur: 19′; Tbn solo and small orchestra; Score at Wise Music Classical Continue reading

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Songs by Radka Toneff for orchestra

2021; dur: 14′; Solo voice and guitar, 3-2-2-2, 4-3-3-1, timp, 2 perc, harp, pno, strings; For score and parts rental, contact Ratkje Continue reading

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Finnskogutstillingen 40 år

Catalogue for Finnskogutstillingen’s 40 years’ anniversary. Includes CD with music by Christian Eggen, Anders Jormin, Sinikka Langeland and Ratkje/Haltli. Released 2021 by Finnskogutstillingen. On this album: Uten tittel (Musikk til glass og stål) by Frode Haltli and Maja S. K. … Continue reading

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5 skiver som har inspirert Maja S. K. Ratkjes nye album Vannstand (NO)

Eugeniusz Rudnik – Studio Eksperymentalne Polskiego Radia / Polish Radio Experimental Studio Jeg var så heldig at jeg fikk arbeide med den polske pioneren Rudnik (1932-2016) på invitasjon fra Warzsawa de siste årene før han gikk bort. Det beste med … Continue reading

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A Special Moment In Norwegian Music: Vriompeis 2021 Reviewed

The Quietus: (…)On day two, the internationally acclaimed composer Maja Ratkje is headlining with a noise show. It’s still 40 people sitting on barstools. A person in the audience is doing fist-pumps, moving his closed hand up and down several … Continue reading

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Motvind i ansiktet, spunk i ryggen (NO)

Salt Peanuts: Det siste tolvte punktet på dagsorden for denne sjette Motvind-festivalen er en konsert med improvisasjonskvartetten SPUNK. Lene Grenager på cello, Kristin Andersen på trompet og blokkfløyter, Hild Sofie Tafjord på valthorn og elektronikk og Maja S. K. Ratkje … Continue reading

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To The Surface / Til overflaten

2021; Permanent 6 channel sound installation Continue reading

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Maja S. K. Ratkje hever stemmen (NO)

Main feature in Jazznytt #257 Vinter 2021 Order at https://jazznytt.jazzinorge.no/

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Avant Joik: Live in Bergen reviews (in English and Chilean)

Loop: Avant Joik is the collaborative project of Norwegian Maja S. K. Ratkje on vocals and live electronics, Swedish Katarina Barruk on vocals and joik, and Finn Matti Aikio on live visuals. At first I thought that joik was an … Continue reading

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Full Moon reviews CTM (CZ)

Jan Starý, www.fullmoonzine.cz, 2019 Na obrovském projekčním plátně se jen lehce čeří voda. Přichází Maja Ratkje, dýchá, syčí, prská do mikrofonu a skládá z těch drobných zvuků členité, ale decentní a barvou vlastně obyčejné plochy. Připojuje se Katarina Barruk s … Continue reading

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Interview in Loop (in English and Chilean)

by Guillermo Escudero. Published at www.loop.cl May 2021 Maja S. K. Ratkje with her wide expressive range through her voice, this one becomes the main instrument and electronics are an extension of it and it is not only to accompany, … Continue reading

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Vannstand reviews (in English, Czech, Chilean)

Loop: (…) In Norway, as in other countries, the sea level has risen as a result of climate change. Ratkje declares: “Sometimes you find yourself playing something that grows stronger and stronger, or sounds bigger and bigger. Sea levels may … Continue reading

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Simplicissimus

2021; dur: 2 x 60′; Theatre by Tormod Lindgren and Knut Nærum with music by Ratkje/POING Continue reading

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