Through challenging vocals and innovative piping, this programme explores the persistence of various cultures, traditions, and sounds.
Renowned experimental vocalist Maja S. K. Ratkje and Ume Saami singer Katarina Barruk will present “Avant Joik,” a piece that explores and experiments with joik (a Saami vocal tradition). Ratkje’s extensive discography includes the acclaimed Voice (2002), which consists solely of timbres constructed from her experimental vocal techniques. Barruk has emerged as a vital voice in the persistence of her native Ume Saami language – a moribund tongue with approximately 10 native speakers left today.
Breton piper Erwan Keravec has been weaving folk lineages of bagpipes into contemporary music. With his most recent “Sonneurs” project, Keravec has invited composers such as Wolfgang Mitterer and Susumu Yoshida to explore how the cultural and sonic identities of the Breton bagpipe family can be reshaped. The series features two of Britanny’s historic piping instruments alongside the Scottish bagpipe (a relative newcomer to Brittany), and the trelombard, ultimately forming an unconventional ensemble. In Keravec’s words, “Perhaps, one day, this ensemble will become part of the Western erudite music tradition – who knows?”
Maja S. K. Ratkje & Katarina Barruk appear thanks to support from the Up Node network. Erwan Keravec is supported by le Bureau Export, and the SHAPE platform which is funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Raised in Storuman, Sweden, is singer Katarina Barruk. She is known for revitalising the Ume Saami language, a moribund tongue originating from Sweden and Norway, with roughly 10 native speakers left in the world.
Maja S.K. Ratkje is a Norwegian singer renowned for her extraordinary vocal range. Active for over twenty years her work expands beyond singing into being a composer in her own right and engineer. She has received numerous awards, and in 2001, Ratkje was first to receive the prestigious Arne Nordheim award.
French piper musician Erwan Keravec brings Sonneurs to CTM, which celebrates traditional Breton folk music, while offering a groundbreaking new canon of compositions.
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