Author Archives: Maja Ratkje

Eadni /Mother

2022; dur: 7:30′; Film by Liselotte Wajstedt Continue reading

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Various Artists: “The Border”

“Bocian Records presents a compilation with recordings from few of his favorite artists who were kind enough to agree to make their work available to support the Border Group.For almost a year, the whole responsibility for helping refugees on the … Continue reading

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Music Unlimited Festival 36

Posted in Free Jazz Blog, Nov 19, 2022 SPUNK. Photo (c) Eckhart Derschmidt “(…) The next performance was by the long-standing outfit in this year’s program. The Norwegian quartet SPUNK (the name comes from Astrid Lindgren’s character Pippi Longstocking who invented … Continue reading

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MM∞XX Vol.1 & 2m

21 tracks based on recordings by 33 artists, among them Maja S. K. Ratkje. Released November 2022. Label: Cellule 75 Music and Art Direction by Marc RichterMastering by Rashad BeckerPaintings by Bora Baskan Link to album on Bandcamp

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Titina

Music for the film with the same title. Sound track to the great animation movie Titina by Kåre Chr. Vestrheim. “Je Cherche Après Tititine (Titina in the Street)” and “Je Cherche Après Tititine (Titina´s Musical Trip Version)” featuring Ratkje as … Continue reading

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A Whisper, or a Prayer, or a Song

2022; dur: 15′; Orch.; Score at Wise Music Classical Continue reading

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Villa Parafina

Album by Hasse Farmen. Released 2022. Maja contributes on theremin to the track Spøkelsesby and on title track, Villa Parafina (del 2). Link to album on Bandcamp.

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Danse Macabre (CD)

Released August 26, 2022, on Bandcamp and CD. Label: SANNTIDSMUSIKK · SATIMU 008 Free improvised chaos at Podium, Oslo, 16 June 2009.Recorded by Kjetil Hanssen.Editing, mastering and artwork by Lasse Marhaug.Executive producer: Petter Flaten Eilertsen. Maja wishes to thank Per … Continue reading

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Focus Foucault Foccacia / Malleus Maleficarum Maximum

by Solveig Kjelstrup & Maskinanlegg / Maja Ratkje & Bjørn Hatterud Released August 26, 2022 on Bandcamp and CD. Label: SANNTIDSMUSIKK · SATIMU 009 All music composed and performed by Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje & Bjørn Hatterud.Cover concept by Helene … Continue reading

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Creation

Alpha Classics: “Forty years have passed since Gidon Kremer created a little musical oasis in the Austrian town of Lockenhaus in 1981. The violinist’s open-minded attitude has left its mark on this event, which has become a must in the … Continue reading

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Music For River Crossing

2022; dur: 10′; 2 voices, 2 loud wind instruments, 2 Medieval percussion; Score on request from Ratkje Continue reading

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Thökk Will Weep

2022; dur: 10′; Mixed choir; Score at Wise Music Classical Continue reading

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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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Interview in Chain D.L.K.

By Vito Camarretta May 4, 2021 “What could be more natural than kids making sounds as part of a composition that’s about our own future?”. By these words, the brilliant composer Maja S.K.Ratjke introduced the idea of giving voice to … 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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