Tune in to watch a recording from Avant Joik´s concert that took place on 4. September 2020 at Bergen Kunsthall on the occasion of this year’s festival exhibition opening with Joar Nango.
Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje and Katarina Barruk joined forces for the first time at Insomnia Festival (Tromsø), 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.
Ratkje’s 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.
Live visuals by Matti Aikio
Produced by Scott Elliott and Sofia Marie Hamnes
Camera Sofie Vestad
Live sound and edited by Jonas Skarmark
Sound Mix Njål Paulsberg
Recorded at Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall 4.9.2020
Part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
Watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/iK7q6ftxRlw