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Peurakaira

EP with original music, composed and performed by Maja S. K. Ratkje and her two daughters Marte and Frida Haltli. The music is created for Matti Aikio’s video work with the same title. LINK TO BANDCAMP RELEASE ONLY Aikio’s work Peurakaira is a poetic and meditative portrait of – and a tribute to – Peurakaira, […]

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Divine Supplication

TRACKLIST: Nobilis Humilis East Tennessee Perfect Matrimony I Bowed Divine Supplication (feat. Maja S. K. Ratkje) S’on Me Regarde Avoiding Friction Bell, Book, Candle Falling Away A Not-Quite Locked Door LINK TO ALBUM ON BANDCAMP Divine Supplication, Derek Piotr’s new release, is a deeply intimate work wrought from a series of personal tragedies. Yet while

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The Great Bailout

by Moor Mother The Great Bailout is Moor Mother aka Camae Ayewa’s ninth studio album and third with ANTI- Records, with production contributions on various tracks from Mary Lattimore, Lonnie Holley, Vijay Ayer, Angel Bat Dawid, Sistazz of the Nitty Gritty, Aaron Dilloway and more. Called “the poet laureate of the apocalypse,” by Pitchfork, Ayewa’s music contains multitudes of

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MEUF vol. 1

A compilation featuring a small selection of some of the many interesting female voices on the blossoming field of experimental music in the Nordic countries, working in new collaborations. MEUF vol. 1 features:Maja S. K. Ratkje, Hilde Marie Holsen, Nina De Heney, Maria Laurette Friis, Qarin Wikström, Carolyn Goodwin, Nana Pi, Laura Toxværd, Marilyn Mazur,

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All Losses Are Restored

We are happy to present the debut album of the duo Stian Westerhus and Maja S. K. Ratkje, two Norwegian composers and performers known to the international scene through numerous works and albums in various constellations over decades. Released 15 March 2024 Crispin Glover Records. To many of their followers’ big surprise, Stian Westerhus and

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Nordic: A Fragile Hope

For the immersive concert experience Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Göteborgs Symfoniker) has commissioned orchestral works from five prominent composers from all Nordic countries, Daníel Bjarnason (Iceland), Miho Hazama (Denmark), Mats Larsson Gothe (Sweden), Maja S. K. Ratkje (Norway) and Outi Tarkiainen (Finland). Drawing inspiration from the Nordic nature, each commission in “Nordic – A Fragile Hope”

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‘dåm’

Article published in the book A Sound Word Almanac, edited by Bernd Herzogenrath, 2023. To read, order the book at Bloomsbury Academic. This almanac of sound words important to artists and scholars highlights words that expand the way we speak (and write) about sonic experiences. Why write about sound, and how? If sonic philosophy is

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(c)ovid’s metamorphoses

With a wide range of work by sound artists and musicians, writers, filmmakers, photographers, and visual artists, @ovid’s Metamorphoses uses the COVID-19 pandemic and its far-reaching consequences as an instrument for change, artistic and otherwise. A play on experiment across various fields of artistic practice, all featured work revolves around ideas of transmission and inspiration,

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RÖKKUR

Øra Fonogram announces the worldwide release of RÖKKUR, the joint album of Norwegian composer and performer Maja S. K. Ratkje and Icelandic ensemble Nordic Affect (Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir, Marie Stockmarr Becker, Hanna Loftsdóttir, Guðrún Óskarsdóttir). RÖKKUR on Bandcamp RÖKKUR on streaming other services Read the great album reviews here. What is ‘rökkur’? ‘Rökkur’ is the

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What it takes

Tracing Arne Nordheim in the digital archives of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) First published in a pamphlet published by Arne Nordheim’s Composer’s Prize 2022, Hild Borchgrevink, editor and translation, with support from Arts Council Norway. The original article in Norwegian Opus 1 In a TV studio, inside a white pavilion scenography, surrounded by dried

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Det som skal til (NO)

Et blikk på Nordheim via NRKs digitale arkiv Først publisert i en pamfletten utgitt av Arne Nordheims komponistpris 2022, red. Hild Borchgrevink, støttet av Norsk kulturfond. English translation Opus 1 I et TV-studio, i en hvit kulisse-paviljong, omgitt av chiffongardiner og tørre kvister blir Nordheims opus 1 framført av Den Norske Strykekvartett. Verket er fra

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Etter koronaen (NO)

Tekst skrevet til Da musikken våknet (Absolutt Forlag, 2022) Leste koronaberetningen min igjen, den fra to år tilbake, rett før siste nedstengning av alle scener. En positivistisk holdning i den, tross alt, med en bakenforliggende visshet og forventning om at alt skulle tilbake til normalt igjen. Livet går jo videre, verden beveger seg fra unntakstilstand

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