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Maja Ratkje: Canada next

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 14. May, 2014

A quartet of Canadian live performances for Maja Ratkje over the next week

Maja Ratkje is bringing her unique take on contemporary voice improvisation fused with live electronics to Canada for a quartet of live appearances.

Composer/vocalist/producer Ratkje consistently pushes the boundaries of our understanding of music, methodically threading together a musical language spun from the fundamentals of sound and the results are inevitably stirring.

On May 16th, Ratkje is set to perform at the Salle Pierrette Gaudreault in Ville de Saguenay.

The gig is followed by an appearance on the 18th at the Colisée B in Victoriaville as part of the Festival internationale de musique actuelle de Victoriaville, the biggest festival of its kind in North America.

Ratkje then heads off to Ottawa on the 20th for a performance at the National Arts Center.

The finale for Ratkje’s Canadian mini-tour comes on the 22nd of May with an appearance at Halifax’ Bus Stop Theatre.

Ratkje’s vibrant vocal fluctuations can make Bjork sound like an ‘American Idol’ candidate.’ Christopher Porter – Washington Post Express

Blurring boundaries
Maja Ratkje has performed globally with her fascinating sonic palette. Blurring the boundaries between sound and music, with the only distinction being the human ear as audience and the conscious creation and placement of sounds, Maja Ratkje challenges the listener in every possible way.

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje is active as a composer and performer and finished composition studies at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo in 2000. Her music is performed worldwide by performers such as Klangforum Wien, Oslo Sinfonietta, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Fretwork, TM+, Cikada and Vertavo string quartets, Quatuor Renoir, Ticom, crashEnsemble, Pearls for Swine Experience, Torben Snekkestad, Marianne Beate Kielland, SPUNK, Frode Haltli, POING and many more. Portrait concerts with her music has been heard in Toronto and Vienna, she has been composer in residence at festivals like Other Minds in San Francisco, Nordland Music Festival in Bodø and Avanti! Summer Festival in Finland.

Ratkje is active as a singer/voice user and electronics player as well as studio engineer, as a soloist or in groups such as SPUNK or Agrare. Other collaborations are with Jaap Blonk, Joëlle Léandre, Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins, Stian Westerhus, Stephen O’Malley, Lasse Marhaug, POING and the metal band Trinacria. Ratkje has performed her own music for films, dance and theatre, installations, and numerous other projects. She has made music for a radio play by Elfriede Jelinek, and in 2003, she played a leading part in her own opera, based on the texts from the Nag Hammadi Library.


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