Sunday, September 5, 2010

PUNKT 2010 - Day two

Punkt (Kristiansand, Norway) is a killer festival, but the schedule is so tight you hardly have the time to eat. Here is a short (but messy) summary of Friday´s happenings.

You even go to seminars at this festival, and first out was Dino J. A. Deane, who told stories about being in the studio with Ike Turner and old ways of sampling (and more of course). Very entertaining.
Sidsel Endresen demonstrated her thoughts on improvisation by making the audience sing for her. Quite impressive, really. She confessed she sometimes could get "Lost in improvisation".
Supersilent played a great concert first, and afterwards Arve Henriksen, Ståle Storløkken and Helge Sten answered questions from the audience. They have hundreds of hours of recordings, so be warned, you might want to prepare for a jubilee and "Supersilent 50" in a couple of years.

Håkon Kornstad did a beautiful solo concert at the opening of the exhibition "Herbarium", by artists Kjell Nupen and Nils Chr. Moe-Repstad. Totally packed house? That´s an understatement.

In the Agder Teater I attended concerts with the Estonian choir Segakoor Noruus, Jan Bang´s "...And Poppies From Kandahar" (picture) (with Jan Bang, Arve Henriksen, John Hassell, Sidsel Endresen, Lars Danielsson and Erik Honoré) and Iceland´s Skuli Sverrisson.
The concerts were fine, but I´m more than impressed by the live remixes, that happen just after the shows. Sidsel Endresen, Jan Bang and Erik Honoré  remixed Skuli Sverrisson´s peaceful music, while  Dino Deane, Håkon Kornstad, Anders Engen and David Wallumrød treated "...And Poppies From Kandahar", with John Hassell listening.
Both remixes had sounds and melodies from the original concerts up front, and the same happened with Maja Ratkje´s magic remix of the choir concert. Her voice and electronics a perfect match to the choir sound.

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