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2015 18 Jan

A minimalist review of the 10th Punktfestival, Kristiansand, 2014

von: Michael Engelbrecht Filed under: Blog | TB | 3 Comments

John Tilbury / Keith Rowe / Kjell Bjørgeengen: Worstward Ho, based on a text by Samuel Beckett (text recorded by Aleks Kolkowski) – **** (hard core minimalism, lacking some dynamics, but compensating this with gritty „Beckettism“, some people snorling, some enlightened in the dark – good trance induction!)

Streifenjunko + Sheriffs of Nothingness – **** (a wonderful exploration of instrumental possibilities, never academic, always with a beating heart, one  minor quibble: they seemed a bit afraid of melodies:)) 

Håkon Stene: Lush Laments for Lazy Mammal with Sigbjørn Apeland, Ellen Ugelvik and Tanja Orning – ****  (the spirit of Laurence Crane, Gavin Bryars and Eno’s Obscure records brought to life, one kind advice: no dry, shy announcements of the single pieces, better doing it all as one big piece) 



Michael Engelbrecht: Storytelling for burning songs (Or: how to make radio magic) – **** (I was good:)) 

Jana Winderen / Mike Harding: From Punk to Punkt – **** (entertaing mix of the story of the british label Touch and Jana’s field recording adventures)

A meeting with Laurie Anderson – **** (very personal, the person Laurie replacing the persona, the dog episode heartfelt, even the technical problems added to the authenticity) 


Spacemonkey (Morten Qvenild / Gard Nilssen) – **** (a living beast, better than the Hubro record) 

Live Remix: Eivind Aarset / Samuel Rohrer / Jan Bang – *** 1/2 (this one grew from uncertainty to thrill!) 

Erik Honoré: Heliographs release concert w/Ingar Zach / Eivind Aarset / Jeffrey Bruinsma / Arve Henriksen – **** (a good introduction to Erik’s  brilliant solo debut „Heliographs“) 

Live Remix: Erik Honoré / Raffaele Casarano – ** (sorry, this was too much kitsch, sugar shock zone!) 

Fennesz: Bécs – *** (not coming close to the album’s subtleties, but nevertheless an immersive experience) 

Live Remix: Zapp 4 / Jan Bang / Erik Honoré – ****  (Sophisticated) 



Seducing the seducer: A conversational navaid to Bangsonics. Henning Bolte in conversation with Jan Bang – **** (informative and entertaining) 

Morten Qvenild: The HyPer(sonal) Piano – **** (informative and entertaining, too – a look into Morten’s laboratory, not without self-irony)


Zapp 4 / Jan Bang – **** (very sophisticated, the seed of  a probably great studio recording) 

Maria Laurette Friis / Kresten Osgood / Dodebum – * (free improv boredom desaster) 

Live Remix: Nils Petter Molvaer / Hamid Drake / Eivind Aarset / Jan Bang – **** (the right medicine after the Danish exercise in going nowhere and never finding the exit:  Hamid Drake was the vital heart of this group’s fire!) 

An Evening with Laurie Anderson, Arve Henriksen and Fennesz – ** 1/2 (the big disappointment, Laurie Anderson  was much too reluctant, nearly no stories, no songs, a lot was left to Arve and Christian who could not create the suspense expected from a Laurie Anderson performance. And the music was much too loud in parts. A wasted opportunity. And Laurie should have followed her own advice of the lecture the day before: never trust punchlines! The end of the concert was exactly that: a series of punchlines!) 

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  1. Fredrik Hossmann:

    StreifenJunko (a wonderful exploration of instrumental possibilities, never academic, always with a beating heart, one minor quibble: they seemed a bit afraid of melodies:))

    The line about fear of melodies have been coming to me a lot since i read it :-) Thanks for sharing it :-) Changes how i listen to their music – trying to imagine what it would sound like if they should dare to explore more melodic material :-)

  2. Fredrik Hossmann:

    Yes the talk with Laurie Anderson left a bigger impression on me than the concert itself – which was in my opinion loud without content. But i am happy she was there and that i got to meet her in person. One out of two aint that bad :-)

  3. Fredrik Hossmann:

    What is missing from the list is the exquisite vocal improvisation i did with somebody unnamed from England while stretching my legs between the sets.

    That was 4 **** and possibly half – in my humble opinion :-)

    But i realize it was outside of the official program and that you were not there, so i understand and excuse you for not including it in your minimalist list of punkt 2014.

    One * for the free improv boredom desaster is a bit too much though, even as a way of showing how tolerant and open you are. I suggest you remove it and add it to any of the others.

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