November 2007

Bodek Lounge, House Hall (University of Pennsylvania)3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Monday, November 12, 2007 - 8:00pm

Frode Haltli Quartet

Frode Haltli , accordian
Darryl Harper, clarinet
Nils Oekland, viola + Hardanger fiddle
Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, voice

Frode Haltli, acknowledged as one of the most outstanding accordion soloists in contemporary music, is also an exceptional improviser and an authority on folk music. His second and recently-released ECM recording, Passing Images, brings all of these aspects of his musical character together. His repertoire includes a psalm from the western fjords, a lyrical waltz from Haltli's home village near the Swedish border, a Roma traveller tune that suggests Albert Ayler's sound-world...Haltli offers a radical new look at music from traditional sources.

Frode Haltli (b. 1975)  studied accordion at The Norwegian State Academy of Music and at The Royal Danish Concervatory of Music where he ended his studies in 2000. He was awarded the Young Soloist of the Year 2001 title by the Norwegian Concert Institute at the Bergen International Festival 2000. His debut CD Looking on Darkness (ECM New Series) received the Norwegian record industry's prize "Spellemannprisen" for best contemporary music album in 2002, and it has received numerous good reviews by international music critics.  Frode currently lives in Oslo but he is frequently touring abroad, and has played as a soloist at festivals and concerts in Europe, Russia, America and Asia. He has performed as a soloist with major orchestras, but is also actively working with chamber music.  At present it is the trio POING which occupies much of his time. The trio, which includes Rolf-Erik Nystrøm on the saxophone and Håkon Thelin on the double bass, mainly performs contemporary music. Frode also plays and records with Trygve Seim Ensemble and Norwegian folk music in RUSK with folk singer Unni Løvlid and fiddler Vegar Vårdal.

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 has been heard all over Europe as well as in Japan, China, Canada, USA and eastern Russia. Her composed works have been performed by Klangforum Wien, Oslo Sinfonietta, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Arve Tellefsen, Cikada and Vertavo string quartets, Quatuor Renoir, Ticom, crashEnsemble, Torben Snekkestad, SPUNK, Frode Haltli and POING, among others. Portrait concerts with her music have been performed in Toronto and Vienna, and she has received many awards and commissions from the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, the Norwegian Edvard prize, second prize at the Russolo Foundation, and in 2001 she was the first composer ever to receive the 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, mainly in connection with the contemporary improvisation ensemble SPUNK, the noise metal band Trinacria and the duo Fe-mail, which together with dancer Lotta Melin forms the performance trio Agrare. Other main collaborators are Jazkamer, Enslaved, POING, Frode Haltli, Odd Johan Fritzøe, Øyvind Berg and Jaap Blonk. Ratkje has performed her own music for films, dance and theatre performances, installations, and numerous other projects. In 2003, she played a leading part in her 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. Her scores are found at the Norwegian Music Information Centre and her records are released on rune grammofon, ECM, Kontrans, Albedo, Aurora, Asphodel, and Important Records.

David Stackenäs + Tatsuya Nakatani

Stockholm guitarist David Stackenäs tours frequently as a soloist and with various projects in Europe and the US. He collaborates regularly with LabField (with Ingar Zach), Agape (with Martin Küchen), and Boots Brown (with Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling and Magnus Broo). In 2000, he released the critically-acclaimed The Guitar on the Swedish label Häpna, and in 2006 released Bow on Kning-Disk. Has also worked as a musician in various dance-performances and theatre-plays, and has worked extensively with Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark.

Originally from Kobe and Osaka, Japan, internationally renowned percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani has toured extensively throughout the world, having performed in approximately 80 cities and 10 countries. Utilizing drumset, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, sticks and bows, he creates collages of sound, which combine the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music with the extended techniques of New Music, yet with great energy and intensity. Although his music defies category or genre, it can be viewed as a cross-cultural mixture of improvised music, experimental music, jazz, free jazz, and rock.