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Corona lockdown concert for TUSK Festival 2020

Still photo from concert film by Marte Ingeborg Haltli and Elias Habbestad Kjelsås. Composed and performed for TUSK Virtual 2020. Part 1 of 2. Maja S. K. Ratkje is using voice and live electronics (with software by Øyvind Brandtsegg). Link … Continue reading

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SPUNK 25 år (NO)

photo by Kim Hiorthøy Guro Kleveland, Ballade.no 22.09.20 – Lasse Marhaug fikk tilgang til vårt arkiv og frie tøyler, forteller Maja S. K. Ratkje i SPUNK. – Det er jo så mye, og noe av det er ganske gammelt! Og … Continue reading

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Intens skjønnhetsopplevelse (NO)

Klassekampen 21.09.20 Det er et helt vesentlig jubileum når friimprovisasjonsgruppen Spunk nå fyller 25 år. Da gruppen startet opp i 1995 var de nemlig ganske alene om å drive med denne typen friimprovisasjon. En nærmere definisjon av gruppen er imidlertid … Continue reading

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Selected Solo Works, Vol. 1

First album in Frode Haltli’s tripple solo release on Svartskog Music Production (SMP) Three very different works for solo accordion: Edison Denisov’s masterpiece ‘Des ténèbres à la lumière’ (1995), and two first recordings: James Dillon’s ‘Two Studies’ (2002) and Maja … Continue reading

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MARA

Important Records: “Maja S. K. Ratkje is at the forefront of the musical avant-garde. Her music is bold, original and it is meant for sharing. At its heart lies Ratkje’s own voice, an open door to her individual musicianship and … Continue reading

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Atlantis, Utopia & Ulvedrømmer

Cellist Marianne Baudouin Lie’s solo album on Particular Recordings. Atlantis, Utopia and Ulvedrømmer is a project where cellist Marianne Baudouin Lie plays works for solo cello and her own voice. These works explore speech and the singing voice as an … Continue reading

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The Solace of Orpheus / Orfeus’ trøst

2020; dur: 25′; An opera for children 0-3 years old Continue reading

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HUS

The well-known visual artist Hanne Borchgrevink presents her project that questions how a picture can be described by sound, so that the listener and observer can experience the connection between picture and sound. The work was originally presented inn the … Continue reading

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Pictures From a Sinking City

2019; dur: 19′; String orchestra; Score at Wise Music Classical Continue reading

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The Beauty That Still Remains

“I had an occasional flash of understanding, but then got selfishly wrapped up again in my own problems and pleasures,” is a quote from Anne Frank’s diary, the book on which The Beauty That Still Remains is based. These are … Continue reading

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Everything is gonna be alright

Maja S. K. Ratkje: A Dismantled Ode To The Moral Value Of Art · Lasse Thoresen: Land of your love · Georg Friedrich Haas: Hertervig-Studien Aurora: “Sometimes you come across music that you think you have never heard before. As … Continue reading

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Sirkling

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2019; dur: 28′; Girls choir; Text by Monica Aasprong; Score at Wise Music Classical Continue reading

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Sult

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Based upon Ratkje’s music created for the ballet Sult (Hunger) by profiled director Jo Strømgren for the Norwegian National Ballet, this is a departure from records and live settings normally associated with Maja S. K. Ratkje as a solo performer, … Continue reading

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Sult album reviews (in Norwegian, Danish and Swedish)

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“Det låter fantastisk bra, også ut av sin opprinnelige sammenheng, med en utpreget taktilitet” Continue reading

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Sult album reviews (in English, German and Italian)

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The Quietus: Ratkje has produced a rare recording that balances beautiful, uncanny song, rich, acoustic composition and startling originality in equal measure. Continue reading

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Poke It With A Stick / Joining The Bots

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Album by Trondheim EMP. Øyvind Brandtsegg’s project explores cross-adaptive processing as a radical intervention in the communication between performing musicians. Digital audio analysis and processing techniques are used to enable features of one sound to inform the processing of another. … Continue reading

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Downbeat and jazzwise reviews of Rune Grammofon 20 years anniversary concert

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Her 45-minute set here encompassed electronic zaps and shrieks, wild ululations, delicate waves of sound from the theremin and a surprising passage of sound art, as she crumpled a huge sheet of plastic wrap into the microphone. Continue reading

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Let’s Put It To Music: 20 Years Of Rune Grammofon

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Rune Grammofon: “It´s no secret that Rune Grammofon founder Rune Kristoffersen is a big admirer of labels like Blue Note, Impuls, ECM, 4AD and Factory, to mention some labels with strong visual identities. But we can´t recall another label that … Continue reading

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Intim fantasmagori da Motorpsycho og Maja S. K. Ratkje jubilerte for Rune Grammofon (NO)

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Ballade.no: (…) Pionér? Kanskje. Emosjonelt? Absolutt. Prøvende? Definitivt. For selv om man kommer forberedt til en opptreden fra Norges mest anerkjente vokalkunstner, kan man ikke riktig forberede seg på hvordan opptredenen vil utarte seg, på akkurat denne siste, nitriste høstdagen, … Continue reading

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The Sound of Science featuring Jeffrey Zeigler

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The Sound of Science is a concert and album presenting eight pieces of music by seven celebrated composers. Written for amplified cello and electronics, all pieces will be performed by world–renowned cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, long time member of Kronos Quartet, … Continue reading

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