TUSK Music Presents

TUSK Festival 2020

October 9-11

MAJA S.K. RATKJE

Our first live encounter of Maja was witnessing her electrifying duo with Zeena Parkins at All Ears festival in Oslo in 2011. Then in 2012 we worked with Maja to tour her duo with Ikue Mori in the UK. And ever since then, we’ve been involved in a slow-motion conversation about how we would bring Maja to TUSK and in which of her many musical incarnations. One of her large-scale pipe organ and noise orchestra pieces? With her band SPUNK (the includes Hild Sofie Tafjord, who was amazing at TUSK 2012)? One of her wild noise n’ paste collabs like on the great Music For Gardening album with Lasse Marhaug? Maja is also the owner of a magical and haunting singing voice and last year via Rune Grammofon she released the wonderful Sult, her soundtrack to a ballet of the same name interpreting Knut Hamsun’s powerful and disturbing novel Hunger (imagine Crime & Punishment with the mental anguish turned up to 11). In contrast to the psychological stresses of the story, Maja’s music, using just pump organ and voice, is haunted, fragile and desolate. One of our favourite releases of last year, it confirmed in our minds that her appearance at TUSK was long overdue.