Avant Joik

45008093_10160886301875577_7295900510953930752_oMaja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje and Katarina Barruk have worked together, inspiring each other, resulting in the commissioned work Avant Joik.

The work blends joik and vocal experimentation with an electronic, experimental palette, evoking the eerie, contemplative atmospheres of the North, while the turmoil and distortion of an untamed, forceful nature lurks beneath.

Avant Joik is also joined by video artist Matti Aikio:

Ratkje is one of the most respected avant-garde musicians in Europe the last 15 years. Her contemporary compositions draw upon chamber music, noise, vocal experimentation, opera and more. She has received numerous awards, and in 2001, Ratkje was the first to receive the prestigious Arne Nordheim award.

Katarina Barruk is a Ume Saami musician from Storuman in Västerbotten. A unique and captivating performer, she mainly uses her voice as her instrument, mixing joik and song, but she also plays piano. Barruk presents her own compositions in Ume Saami language, a threatened language she cares deeply for. She was Young Saami Artist of the Year in 2012 at Riddu Riddu Festival in Kåfjord.

“Avant Joik” was presented for the first time at Sónar Festival in Barcelona in June 2018, as a co-curation with Insomnia Festival, Tromsø, as part of We Are Europe.

live photo by Tom Stian Martinsen


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