We Are Europe

Ratkje & Barruk: Avant Joik (Insomnia & We Are Europe present)


  • Thursday 14 16:00 - 17:00

    Sónar by Day - SonarComplex

Wild nature

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje and Katarina Barruk join forces and voices to take us into the wilderness of northern Scandinavia; transporting us to its harsh storms and chaotic climates, but also to those moments of magic, calm and contemplation that are one with the landscape. An unprecedented show, titled "Avant Joik", which will be premiered exclusively on the stage of SonarComplex at Sónar by Day. A meeting of extremes and contrasts and pure Nordic intensity, in a show created specifically for the festival.

A composer and natural performer from Trondheim, Norway, Ratkje is one of the most respected figures in the European avant-garde of recent years, unknown to the general public, but much appreciated in experimental circuits and contemporary music festivals. Certainly, her art is not for everyone, but her creations - often moving between chamber music, noise and vocal experiments - have been recognized with numerous awards, in addition to being performed by orchestras and ensembles from around the world. Katarina Barruk is a native of Storuman in northern Sweden, and her work stands out for, among other things, recovering the Saami culture and language, spoken by only a few dozen people around the world (Katarina is one of them). Her main instrument is her voice, but she also plays the piano, has studied composition and has been part of folk groups and traditional music formations from her homeland. She is currently recording her debut album with producer Frode Fjellheim.

This concert is presented in collaboration with the festival Insomnia within the program We Are Europe.