Punkt 2018 (30 August - 1 September)

Festival Passes and Day Passes are available from today, and here are the first artists confirmed for this year's event. (More artists, live remixers and seminars will be added.)

This year’s Punkt program will be characterized by release concerts and new Punkt-acquaintances, and a few old friends.

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).

New York based keyboard player and composer Jason Lindner comes to Kristiansand with his trio Now vs Now to release their new album on Bugge Wesseltoft’s Jazzland label. In his extensive career, Jason Lindner has served as musical director of Lauryn Hill and Meshel Ndegeocello and performed with musicians like Chick Corea and Anat Cohen. In 2015 and 2016 Lindner became an important part of David Bowie's very last album “Blackstar”, which won two US Grammy's in 2017. Now vs Now will perform their release concert on Friday 31 August, and in his seminar the following day, Lindner will talk about the “Blackstar” recording and other musical projects he has been involved in.

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.

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. More remixers will be announced.

Punkt Seminars: Jason Lindner will talk about his “Blackstar” experience, music journalist Svein Terje Torvik will revive his much-missed “Atlantis” radio programme – and there’s more to come.

Festival Pass and Day Passes are available now, the first batch of 3 day Festival Passes at the almost symbolic price of 990 kroner + ticket fee.

More artists will be announced.

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Tickets are available here.

Tickets are also available at phone 815 33 133.


Festival Pass NOK 990.- (Access all concerts and seminars)

Day Pass Thursday NOK 290.- (Concerts by Agnes Hvizdalek, Matthew Collings and more)

Day Pass Friday NOK 390.- (Concerts by Thomas Strønen’s Time Is a Blind Guide, Now vs Now and more, daytime seminars)

Day Pass Saturday NOK 390.- (Concerts by Building Instrument, Geir Sundstøl, Pål Nilssen-Love and more, daytime seminars)