Friday, September 2, 2011

PUNKT Festival Day 1

The Punkt Festival in Kristiansand (Norway) started with a concert Wednesday (Jarle Bernhoft, Norwegian singer), but the grand opening happened yesterday at the Sørlandet Art Museum, with concerts in David Sylvian and Atsushi Fukui´s installation area.
The place was packed, you could not hear the speakers and they were running late, but after the concerts started all such minor details were (almost) forgotten.

When we entered Arve Henriksen (tp), Evan Parker (sax), Paal Helge Haugen (poetry) and Nils Christian Moe-Repstad (poetry) were on stage. It started off with readings from Haugen, and solos from Henriksen and Parker, but towards the end of the concert, both musicians played, underlining the words from the poets, blending nicely with with Sylvian´s sound installation. Beautiful!

Paal Helge Haugen and Nils Christian Moe-Repstad wrote new material for this performance, and it is published by PUNKT in "Uncommon Deities" (2011) (both Norwegian and English versions).

The second concert was by John Tilbury (p), Sidsel Endresen (voc) and Philip Jeck (electronics, turntables) with David Sylvian´s voice reading some of the pieces the poets read earlier in the evening. Absolutely great too, with Jeck painting a fantastic soundscape to end the show.

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