SPUNK

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 vanskelig. Sjangerdefinisjoner blir altfor smale, og Spunk driver med noe større enn samtidsmusikken. (…) de …

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Still Eating Ginger Bread for Breakfast reviews (in English, Norwegian, German)

Boomkat: Pre-eminent free improv unit SPUNK offer a feast of uncanny, otherworldly sound in Still Eating Gingerbread For Breakfast, which is a recording of both sets from their 20th anniversary concert at Nasjonal Jazzscene in Oslo, December 2015. It forms their 9th album together, and evidently demonstrates that Maja S.K. Ratkje, Hild Sofie Tafjord, Kristin …

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Still Eating Ginger Bread for Breakfast – The 20th Anniversary Concert

Rune Grammofon: “Formed in 1995, SPUNK comprises four of Norway’s most innovative musicians: Maja S. K. Ratkje, Hild Sofie Tafjord, Lene Grenager and Kristin Andersen. The quartet combine talents that range from vocal experiments, instrumental virtuosity, impulsive improvisation and a witty sense of play. All four work in the indefinable area between modern composition, free …

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Grande Improvvisazione Ad Angelica (IT)

Si possono condividere le parole di Luca Vitali, che nel programma di sala fra l’altro individua nella musica di SPUNK una qualità olistica e il consapevole tentativo di scongiurare le insidie ricorrenti nella libera improvvisazione collettiva: «egocentrismo, incoerenza, alcuni “gesti” tipici e codificati del free jazz, mancanza di dinamica e di humor».

Live in Molde reviews (in English, German, Dutch and Polish)

Record link Massimo Ricci. Touching Extremes: Joëlle Léandre: double bass; Kristin Andersen: trumpet and flutes; Lene Grenager: cello; Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje: voice and electronics; Hild Sofie Tafjord: french horn and electronics Some collaborations are, in straight words, gifts of mother nature for inquisitive audiences. Such is the case of the seven-year long joint venture …

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Adventura Botanica – the album (reviews in Norwegian, English and German)

[intlink id=”8549″ type=”post”]Link to album[/intlink] Dagsavisen: Botanisk eventyr Då SPUNK i 1999 kalla sitt første album «Det eneste jeg vet er at det ikke er en støvsuger», var eg hekta. Eg meiner, berre tittelen, og eg meiner det hende på dåverande klubb Belleville i Oslo. Ikkje visste eg at dei hadde halde på sidan 1995, …

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Adventura Botanica

Rune Grammofon: “On in this botanical adventure – or “Adventura Botanica” – SPUNK join forces with one of Norway’s leading modern dance exponents, Odd Johan Fritzøe, to create a sound and movement work celebrating Darwin’s legendary, game-changing voyage to Madagascar. Premiered in 2013 at Oslo’s trailblazing Ultima Festival of Contemporary Music, “Adventura Botanica” was the …

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Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK reviewed by Free Jazz Blog

And let’s be frank: “Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK” is a masterpiece, a total work of art. It conceives an acoustical notion of how men live, a sonic painting of life on earth in general, a musical universe celebrating creation and civilization because of the selection of the places involved – from commercial centers, cultural venues, sacred sites and private apartments to natural surroundings.

Sounds: mit Phantom Orchard Orchestra, SPUNK und Jenny Hval (DE)

Der Blues scheint verflogen, es bleiben die Sounds: unsere monatliche Kolumne von Redakteur Jens Balzer. Im Monat Mai mit: Phantom Orchard Orchestra, Spunk und Jenny Hval. Rolling Stone (DE) 07. Mai 2013, von Jens Balzer Des Öfteren ist in den vergangenen Monaten an dieser Stelle von den neuen Voice Processing Girls die Rede gewesen: Von …

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Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK reviews in Norwegian and Swedish

Dagens Nyheter: Veckans album (…)Precis som efter långvarigt sällskap av Bachs preludier och fugor infinner sig efter ett tag en viss déjà vu-känsla, men i själva verket finns hela tiden små, små skiftningar. Här finns förstås också en uppenbar formföre­bild i den italienske excentrikern Giacinto Scelsis entoniga ”Quattro pezzi (su una nota sola)” från 1959. …

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SPUNK firar och tar farväl av det gamla (SE/NO)

På boxen “Das Wohltemperierte Spunk” utforskar den norska kvartetten SPUNK tolv toner i den tempererade skalan. Verket tog tolv år att skapa! Ett firande av den tempererade musikens historia, men också ett firande av musikens mikrotonala potential och ett farväl till det gamla, säger Maja Ratkje i en mailintervju med Soundofmusic. Av: Magnus Nygren Soundofmusic.no …

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Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK

Rune Grammofon: “At one minute past eight in the evening of the twentieth of January, 2001, the Norwegian quartet SPUNK began playing a drone in the key of B, inaugurating a project that would weave into their musical lives for the foreseeable future. Eleven years, eleven months and eleven minutes later, the same foursome struck …

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