Punkt 2018 (30 August - 1 September)

Program Overview

New York-native keyboardist, composer and producer Jason Lindner comes to Kristiansand with his band Now Vs Now, who will release their new album The Buffering Cocoon on Bugge Wesseltoft’s Jazzland label. In his ever-evolving career, Jason Lindner has founded several progressive musical projects. As a result, he has been sought out by similarly forward-thinking and evolving artists including Chick Corea, Meshell Ndegeocello, Lauryn Hill, Mulatu Asktatke, and most recently, David Bowie.  Lindner collaborated closely with the legend on his final album “Blackstar”, which won five US Grammys and sold over 2,000,000 copies world-wide. Now Vs Now will play a special concert on Friday, August 31st, in anticipation of their upcoming release. At his seminar the following day, Lindner will talk about his musical philosophy and the various projects he has been involved in. 

Many will be familiar with the powerful trio Elephant9: Ståle Storløkken (keyboards), Nikolai Hængsle (bass) and Torstein Lofthus (drums). Rolling Stone Magazine described them like this: “Elephant9 blends the virtuosic precision of King Crimson and Yes with the jazz-fusion explorations of electric Miles, Weather Report and the Tony Williams Lifetime. Key and time signatures change constantly as the quartet helters and skelters between tightly composed sections, driving kosmische interludes and bucolic Canterbury excursions.” The trio released their fifth album “Greatest Show on Earth” in February, to rave reviews.

When Thomas Strønen released the first album of his ensemble project Time Is a Blind Guide, reviewers around the world agreed on its masterpiece status. This year, ECM releases the ensemble’s second album, “Lucus”, which is just as glorious. We attended the release concert, and we were totally blown away by both the material and the musicianship. The same ensemble comes to Punkt: Thomas Strønen (drums/compositions), Ayumi Tanaka (piano), Håkon Aase (violin), Ole Morten Vågan (bass), Leo Svensson Sander (cello).

Since its creation in Paris in 1994, trio iXi (Régis Huby / Guillaume Roy / Atsushi Sakaï) has developed a particular link with a rhythmic musical language suggesting sound landscapes or paintings. The meeting with Michele Rabbia, Jan Bang and Eivind Aarset’s poetical and dreamlike universe came about when the musicians met earlier this summer for a three day workshop at Le Triton in Paris.

Norwegian trio Building Instrument, fronted by singer Mari Kvien Brunvoll, is an act we’ve wanted to present since we heard their first album. The trio exist in a sort of fantasy-filled no man’s land between electronica, organic pop and something more mystical and fantastic. We recently attended their brilliant Oslo concert, and also got to listen to excerpts from their upcoming album – this will be a magical experience.

Acclaimed guitarist/composer Geir Sundstøl will also release his new record on the Hubro label around Punkt. We’ve had the chance to hear the album, and it is utterly wonderful, so we immediately asked Sundstøl to perform in Kristiansand. His last album “Langen Ro” received 6/6 stars in Dagbladet, 8/10 in Uncut Magazine and garnered similar praise in other Norwegian and international media.

Norwegian drummer extraordinaire Paal Nilssen-Love finally arrives at Punkt with a solo performance that is guaranteed to leave the audience breathless. Paal is known for his collaborations with Arild Andersen, Jon Balke, Arto Lindsey, Thurston Moore and countless other luminaries, but he has also focussed on his solo project. In 2006, he was awarded the “Buddy” prize, the most prestigeous award for improvised music in Norway.

Anja Lauvdal / Heida Mobeck – formerly known as Skrap – will perform at Kunsthallen on Thursday 30 August, and as one of the remix teams at Kick Scene on Friday 31st. In addition to their duo project, Lauvdal (keyboards) and Mobeck (tuba, electronics) are also active in constellations like Broen, Skadedyr, Moskus, and as a backing band for Jenny Hval.

A new name at the Punkt stage is Agnes Hvizdalek, an improvising vocalist originating from Vienna’s experimental music scene and based in Oslo and Vienna. We heard her performing in Oslo and were extremely impressed. Hvizdalek will perform at the Kristiansand Kunsthall, and so will Scottish guitarist Matthew Collings, whose work contrasts the crushed guitars and textures of My Bloody Valentine or Sonic Youth with structures more akin to contemporary classical composers like Steve Reich or David Lang.

Among the live remixers this year, we’re happy to present Norwegian Grammy nominee Tortusa (John Derek Bishop) in collaboration with Inge W. Breistein, and an old acquaintance of Punkt: J. Peter Schwalm. Other remixers include Anja Lauvdal, Heida Mobeck, Clive Bell, Erik Honoré, Jan Bang, Eivind Aarset, /Grå, and Doglover95.

Punkt Seminars: Jason Lindner will talk about his “Blackstar” experience, music journalist Svein Terje Torvik will revive his much-missed “Atlantis” radio programme – and David Toop comes to talk about his classic “Ocean of Sound” which has just been reissued.