Thursday, June 30
Stormen Concert Hall / Lille Sal
NOK 375/200

Maja S. K. Ratkje & Nordic Affect – Rökkur

Rökkur, the Icelandic word for twilight, invites you into the sonic universe of Norwegian performing composer Maja S. K. Ratkje and the Icelandic ensemble Nordic Affect.

Hailed as a ‘multi-disciplinary force of nature’ (A Closer Listen), Nordic Affect has been making sound since 2005, combining new compositions with the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. For this event they join forces with one of the world‘s leading performing composers, Maja S. K. Ratkje. Together they shape a new, creative collaboration grounded in some of Ratkje’s songs and instrumental compositions, arranged and elaborated by the whole ensemble into the shape of a concert titled Rökkur.

Twilight is the time when shadows fall, a time of ambiguity and magic. When rökkur, or twilight fell in pre-electric times, a space appeared for storytelling, reading, yarn spinning, singing, or even for entering a dreamlike state of dozing. Inspired by this shared tradition, Maja and the members of Nordic Affect have embarked on a journey driven by reflection, experimentation and fantasy. A unique and strong encounter inspires new ways of sensing together, albeit through familiar tools; Rökkur becomes a path for transition and morphing between the familiar, the magic of the past and the yet to be imagined future. Since their first appearance at Dark Music Days in Iceland in 2019, the project continues to evolve in relation to each new performance. Join us for an event set to reveal various shades of noise and timbre, with Ratkje blending her extended vocals with the Baroque instrumental sound of Nordic Affect, everything treated and re-established in real-time by the cyborgic electronic extensions of Ratkje’s live-instrument.

“This was music-making of staggering brilliance and imagination… At the end, I didn’t want to leave (…) i wanted to stay and bask in its afterglow, savouring the dying embers and echoes of the magic that had been made.”

– Simon Cummings, on Rökkur



Maja Ratkje, vocals and live electronics
Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir, violin
Marie Stockmarr Becker, viola
Hanna Loftsdóttir, cello
Guðrún Óskarsdóttir, harpsichord

Aria Borealis Bodø

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