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Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, composer and performer (born Dec. 29th 1973 in Trondheim, Norway), finished composition studies at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo in 2000. Her music is performed worldwide by performers such as Klangforum Wien, Oslo Sinfonietta, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Fretwork, TM+, Cikada and Vertavo string quartets, Quatuor Renoir, Ticom, crashEnsemble, Pearls for Swine Experience, Torben Snekkestad, Marianne Beate Kielland, SPUNK, Frode Haltli, POING and many more. Portrait concerts with her music has been heard in Toronto and Vienna, she has been composer in residence at festivals like Other Minds, San Francisco, Nordland Music Festival, Bodø, and the Avanti! summer festival.

Ratkje has received awards such as the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris for composers below 30 years of age, the Norwegian Edvard prize (work of the year) twice, second prize at the Russolo Foundation, and in 2001 she was the first composer ever to receive the Norwegian Arne Nordheim prize. Her solo album «Voice», made in collaboration with Jazzkammer, got a Distinction Award at Prix Ars Electronica in 2003.

Ratkje is active as a singer/voice user and electronics player as well as studio engineer, as a soloist or in groups such as SPUNK or Agrare. Other collaborations are with Jaap Blonk, Joëlle Léandre, Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins, Stephen O’Malley, Stian Westerhus, Lasse Marhaug, POING and the metal band Trinacria. Ratkje has performed her own music for films, dance and theatre, installations, and numerous other projects. In 2003, she played a leading part in her own opera, based on the texts from the Nag Hammadi Library. In 2005 she performed the voice solo part of her first big work for orchestra, commissioned by Radio France. She has also been soloist with Klangforum Wien and Oslo Sinfonietta.

Her scores are found at the Norwegian Music Information Centre and her records are released on Tzadik, Rune Grammofon, ECM, Kontrans, Asphodel, Important Records and others.

majasolveig   Maja S. K. Ratkje, Svartskog, Norway

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    MajaPolenDemo16bit at 9.05
    on April 25, 2014 10:47

    @Daniel Ivan: Yup! I have recorded this song also with POING on an album called Wach auf! (Cowboy Junkies version is the best:-)

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    Bukseselger at 4.30
    on August 19, 2012 18:44

    @Ganjourn: yes, real drums, but for kids, but still real, and some 'plastic fantastic'.

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    Softly as I Leave You at 0.05
    on August 19, 2012 18:43

    @Ganjourn: Thanks so much, friend!

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    ConcertoforVoice at 5.41
    on August 19, 2012 18:42

    @KDMQ: he, he, thanks!

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    Maja and Joelle in Paris at 10.42
    on April 21, 2012 16:29

    @wireware48: Yes, I do, I am almost jealous at myself too;-)

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    Maja Ratkje + POING: Wach Auf: Revolusjonens røst
    on February 28, 2012 18:26

    Takker! Anbefaler hele albumet på det sterkeste.

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    Sissy Spacek - Grisp
    on January 11, 2012 20:23
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    Bukseselger at 4.30
    on December 30, 2011 23:00

    @AvantGuy: It's all recorded with real and toy drums, no samples, and the "flute" is a double reed toy instrument. But no score, so in a way, yes, it's improvised.

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    Skarnsundet Bru 2011 at 3.22
    on December 22, 2011 22:05

    Stilig overgang! Og hør på den wiren!

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    Separator_Anstam RMX II at 1.09
    on December 11, 2011 18:49

    I like the reverse-like feeling in the rythm part here

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mr. ME
    on November 25, 2011 12:40
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    Acid
    on November 14, 2011 19:39

    Hi, many thanks! Glad you like it.

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    River Mouth Echoes at 19.48
    on September 30, 2011 11:21

    @AvantGuy: Dear, many thanks for being a genuine listener, it makes it all worth creating music like this!

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    Intro
    on August 24, 2011 12:26

    Many thanks!

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    Luusterposten
    on August 12, 2011 09:19
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    Sunday Crunch
    on August 12, 2011 09:17

    Ha, ha! Fabulous! Cool photo btw.

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    MajaPolenDemo16bit at 48.41
    on June 17, 2011 09:56

    @Brandtsegg: Bare Takadimi'n som henger igjen sammen med en minioscillator. Lager ofte slike brudd v å sette Takadimi'm med lav hastighet og så gå rett i noe oppsplintret.

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    MajaPolenDemo16bit at 40.23
    on June 17, 2011 09:54

    @Brandtsegg: bortsett fra at det er en spileldåse med pitchshifter!

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    Swrd
    on June 15, 2011 18:22

    Hi Jaap! Many thanks. Electronics are mostly pre-recorded (by me of course), and the performers are triggering the soundfiles various places in the piece. There is also a long part to be sampled live with a low-fi mic, and played back during the end of the piece.

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    River Mouth Echoes
    on June 12, 2011 22:40

    @tintinnebula: Many thanks, this piece was indeed important to me, I am glad you hear something in it that speak to you as well.

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    Monomood (S) at 3.52
    on June 11, 2011 23:52

    The middle!

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    Maja S.K. Ratkje & Lasse Marhaug - Seasick Blue... at 1.39
    on June 10, 2011 21:43

    Field recordings from game centers in Tokyo.

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    Ratkje & Marhaug - Shopping Girl (Shopping Remi... at 2.53
    on June 10, 2011 21:29

    Here's a conversation with the artist Sachiko M in Tokyo, pitched up!

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    Folk & Røvere - Hengekøye (Yellow Noise Mix) Ma...
    on June 09, 2011 20:57

    It's funny, this is so old! Made this in 96, or was it 97?

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    [maja solveig kjelstrup ratkje - Joy]
    on June 09, 2011 20:55

    I prefer that you remove the 'download' option.

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