PUNKT 2019 is the 15th festival edition, connecting voices of memory with future sounds, and expanding the festival venues to include the Sørlandet Art Museum, the Kilden Performing Arts Centre and the city’s cathedral Domkirken, in addition to Kick Scene.
Thurston Moore comes to Punkt 2019 with the Thurston Moore Group featuring My Bloody Valentine’s Deb Googe, James Sedwards and Jem Doulton. The quartet will perform at Kick Scene on Friday 6 September, live remixed by Supersilent.
Thurston Moore will also take part in this year’s Punkt Seminar, curated by David Toop. Other seminar speakers include Dai Fujikura, Elaine Mitchener and Daniela Cascella.
Bugge Wesseltoft's Scandinavian supergroup Rymden with former Esbjorn Svensson Trio rhythm section Dan Berglund (bass) and Magnus Öström (drums) perform at the Kilden Performing Arts Centre, live remixed by Nils Petter Molvær / Dai Fujikura / Eivind Aarset / Jan Bang / Erik Honoré.
Guitar innovator Steve Tibbetts performs in the Domkirken cathedral with percussionist Marc Anderson, preceded by an organ concert by Ståle Storløkken and the vocal ensemble Trondheim Voices performing “Folklore”, composed by Helge Sten and Ståle Storløkken. These concerts will be live remixed by Arve Henriksen / Eivind Aarset / Jan Bang / Erik Honoré.
First encounters: Punkt 2019 presents Dai Fujikura's Shamisen Concerto (Orchestra version World Premiere) performed by Japanese shamisen virtuoso Hidejiro Honjoh and the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, and the debut concert by Dark Star Safari, a new band project by Jan Bang, Erik Honoré, Eivind Aarset and Samuel Rohrer who released their first album in May. Yuka Fujii’s short film "Like Planets [unreel]" will have its world premiere as a part of the Punkt Seminar.
Since its founding in 1980, Frankfurt based Ensemble Modern has been among Europe’s leading New Music ensembles. On Punkt’s opening day, the ensemble will perform at the Sørlandet Art Museum together with Jan Bang, a concert that will also provide sonic material for the aforementioned performance by Dark Star Safari.
Also at the art museum: Under the moniker Azkadenya, string duo Vilde & Inga meets Sidsel Endresen. Azkadenya plays free improvised music with acoustic instruments, amplified to acheive a more rough and intense expression. Later in the festival, Sidsel Endresen & Jan Bang will perform a live remix at Kilden.
Festival Pass / Day Passes: https://www.ticketmaster.no/event/600137