SPUNK: Light (Rune Grammofon)

themilkman on Jul 15th 2011 12:43 am

Spunk: Light

Rune Grammofon 2011
01 Track. 42mins29secs

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For all intents and purposes, all-female Norwegian experimental noise improv ensemble Spunk are extremely difficult to pin down. Experimental, they are without a doubt, and noise is their primary field of expression, but reducing them to just this is most certainly missing the point entirely. All four members (Kristin Andersen – trumpet, Lene Grenager – cello, Maja Ratkje – voice and electronics, Hild Sofie Tajford – French horn and electronics) are highly regarded musicians and composers in their own rights, with respective careers to put to shame even the most fervent of serial collaborative individual on the Norwegian scene. They have performed together for over fifteen years, and recorded four albums, their most recent, Kantarell (2009), was released ten years after their debut.

This DVD captures the quartet in their most natural environment, improvising live in front of an audience. Continue Reading »

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SPUNK: Kantarell (Rune Grammofon)

themilkman on Jul 23rd 2009 09:17 pm

Spunk: Kantarell

Rune Grammofon 2009
09 Tracks. 46mins44secs

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If it was possible to add up the musicianship for each of the bands housed on the excellent Rune Grammofon imprint and place them in ascending order, it is probable that all-female improv collective Spunk would be light years ahead of their nearest contenders. Formed of Kristin Andersen, Hilde Sofie Tafjord, Maja Solveig Ratkje and Lene Grenager, all classically trained and highly respected musicians and composers in their own right, Spunk, which celebrates ten years at the forefront of the avant-garde improv movement, has always seemed like the most exhilarating of playgrounds. One of the staple acts of Rune Grammofon, they released their debut album, Det Eneste Jeg Vet Er At Det Ikke Er En Støvsuger only a few months after the label was launched, and, consequently had the like of Svalastog, Kim Hiorthøy, Martin Horntveth, Phonophani or Lasse Marhaug remixing their work for the Filtered Through Friends album. Continue Reading »

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