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Buddy til S. K. Ratkje! (NO)

photo: Norsk Jazzforum Intervju i NTT Det føles riktig at det ble utdelt to Buddy-priser i år – regelboka gikk jo på peisen for lenge siden – og jubelen i mange hjørner av musikken var stor da Maja S.K. Ratkje … Continue reading

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Echo Chamber 3.0 reviews

Julian Cowley, The Wire: Echochamber is all about what it means to have a voice, metaphorically as well as physically,” explains Maja Ratkje at the outset. Composing this intricate work she interviewed members of Trondheim Voices, and made exact transcriptions … Continue reading

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Echo Chamber 3.0/Ekkokammer 3.0

Echo Chamber 3.0 is a concert performance for the ear, by Maja S. K. Ratkje written for Trondheim Voices in 2020. The piece is a continuation of Ekkokammer 2.0 which is a staged performance, premiered in 2015. The album is … Continue reading

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Echo Chamber 3.0/Ekkokammer 3.0

2020; dur: 53′; Concert performance for the ear by Ratkje/Trondheim Voices Continue reading

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JSK Corona Sessions #13

2020; dur: 11’20; Film by Jo Strømgren Continue reading

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JSK Corona Sessions #1

2020; dur: 17′; Film by Jo Strømgren Continue reading

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Svartskog 6. oktober 2020 (NO)

Plateselskapet Fabra lanserte 28. november 2020 en CD med to verk av Maja S. K. Ratkje, begge fremført av Trondheimsolistene ledet av Geir Inge Lotsberg. Komponisten bor landlig et par mil sør for Oslo. Der møtte jeg henne til et intervju … Continue reading

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Svartskog, 6 October 2020

A new CD with works by Maja S. K. Ratkje: Pictures From a Sinking City and Tale of Lead and Frozen Light, written for string orchestra and performed by the Trondheim Soloists and their leader and artistic director, Geir Inge … Continue reading

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Works for String Orchestra reviewed by Guy Rickards

Rarely has the notion of the collapse of everything we know been expressed so compellingly. Trondheim Solistene’s performances of both works are impeccable in their precision and musical understanding. They sound as if they have been playing both works for decades not a few years or, in the case of Pictures, weeks. Continue reading

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Maja S. K. Ratkje: Works for String Orchestra

Pictures From a Sinking City was commissioned by the Trondheim Soloists, and had its world premiere in Trondheim on 30 January, 2020. Tale of Lead and Frozen Light exists in two versions: one for a string quartet, Tale of Lead … Continue reading

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Koronaberetning 2020 (NO)

6. november 2020, rett før alt på nytt ble stengt ned og jeg ble permittert for første gang i mitt liv. En gang spurte folk hvor du var da Oddvar Brå brakk staven. Mange år senere, blant musikere, fikk askeskyen … Continue reading

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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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