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 her world, accompanied by excerpts from a recent project with Katarina Barruk: ‘Avant Joik’. Link […]
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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 the inheritors of our world for the project “Vannstand” (Norwegian for ‘sea level’), a project
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, but it changes and shapes it in real time. She is always active in the
by Rory Carr, TQ38/39/40, a TUSK Virtual special triple issue, published Jan 2021 “It’s hard to keep up the mood and inspiration in these times, but it helps to keep myself busy with taking on unfinished tasks and being flexible enough to jump onto new possibilities that may appear suddenly because of the situation changing
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 Lotsberg. I met with the composer at her home, a twenty minutes’ drive south of
“Music is communicated through interpretation, and the performers as well as the listeners are active in the process. Along with that come the circumstances like the room and the situation the music is performed in. The whole context becomes a part of the interpretation.”
Short interview made by Aaron Cassidy, published in Cassidy, Aaron and Einbond, Aaron (2013) Noise in and as music. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield. ISBN 9781862181182 What is noise (music) to you? Noise music is liberating, life-celebrating, and demanding. At its best it is multi-dimensional, it is both dark and light, and in its own way
I had never heard of Maja S. K. Ratkje until about three months ago while coming across a recorded collaboration with vocal tormentor, Joachim Montessuis, entitled, “Janus,” through Montessuis’ brilliant Erratum label. More info on “Janus” is available in SEVEN1878’s Best of 2013 list. On “Janus,” so many voices, vocal sounds, etc were present that
In the shared consensus, it seems to take a lot of effort to speak up against our shared reality, because that would be questioning the fundaments of our society – that profit is the basic, untouchable force for growth. How far are we willing to go? Norway is better equipped than all other oil counties to stop investing in tar sand and fishing territories. How can we expect other countries to take action if we, along with some dictatorships, are among the worst in the class?
The Guardian Nov. 15 2012 Norwegian composer and performer Maja Ratkje has worked with classical groups and metal bands. But it is her opera for babies that has brought her international fame by Alfred Hickling At an arts centre in Asker, a small Norwegian town a few kilometres from Oslo, a select crowd has gathered
Featuring an interview with Ikue Mori and Maja S. K. Ratkje, with excerpts from their improvised live set of music for laptop computers and voice at the Lanternhouse in Ulverston, Cumbria, on 29th March. (The Mori/Ratkje part starts around 17′). Link to net radio player
In the run up to her live collaboration with Ikue Mori, Norweigan performer/composer Maja Ratkje talks about collaboration, experimental music and vocal limits. Article by Jack Chuter You’ve worked with an eclectic array of collaborators throughout your career. Is it always easy for you to adapt to different collaborative company? No, and I carefully choose
Jean-Claude Gevrey speaks with avant-garde composer Maja Ratkje about her new solo recording on Tzadik, curating festivals, and the role feminism plays in new music.
‘Travel Now Journey Infinitely’ is a breath-taking journey through innovative sounds, a trance-inducing experience without boundaries. The founders of the band: Ivar, Maja and Hild tell us everything about this newborn challenge and share with us their eloquent visions on their creation.
-In my opinion, music is so far from language, it is actually incorrect to say that music is a language of it’s own. It is entirely different by nature. Language is however connected to the way we look at scores, and the academia on music is often so connected to the way music is represented in language/score that sound is often forgotten.
SPUNK is the only Norwegian all female improvisation ensemble. In their ears everything is music and after ten years the band still wants to reinvent sound. -I’ve been asked if it’s really true that we are all girls in SPUNK, relates Maja Ratkje, which says something about how rare that is.
Washington Post Express:
Ratkje’s vibrant vocal fluctuations can make Bjork sound like an “American Idol” candidate. “I like to use the limits of what is possible with the voice,” Ratkje said, which includes whistles, growls, clicks and whisper-to-a-scream exhalations.
Interzona 2005, the original Q’s & A’s. When did you decide to become an artist and how did you choose what way to follow? I knew from when I was very little that I wanted to express myself through creative work, I enjoyed to make music and to create all sorts of artwork from I