Ratkje & Barruk: Avant Joik
Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje and Katarina Barruk have worked together for the first time, inspiring each other, resulting in the commissioned work: Avant Joik.
The work blends joik and vocal experimentation with an electronic, experimental palette, evoking the eerie, contemplative atmospheres of the North, while the turmoil and distortion of an untamed, forceful nature lurks beneath.
Ratkje is one of the most respected avant-garde musicians in Europe the last 15 years. Her contemporary compositions draw upon chamber music, noise, vocal experimentation, opera and more. She has received numerous awards, and in 2001, Ratkje was the first to receive the prestigious Arne Nordheim award.
Katarina Barruk is a Ume Saami musician from Storuman in Västerbotten. A unique and captivating performer, she mainly uses her voice as her instrument, mixing joik and song, but she also plays piano. Barruk presents her own compositions in Ume Saami language, a threatened language she cares deeply for. She was Young Saami Artist of the Year in 2012 at Riddu Riddu Festival in Kåfjord.
We are thrilled to present this captivating and emotive performance from two outstanding artists to our audience.
“Avant Joik” was presented for the first time at Sónar Festival in Barcelona in June 2018, as a co-curation with Insomnia as part of We Are Europe.