Amazon.com Widgets

Recent Articles

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jan Bang: Narrative from the Subtropics

Read "Narrative from the Subtropics" reviewed by

Years ago, renowned film director Derek Jarman filmed a daring film called Blue where the viewers could only see a blue screen behind which the sounds from the scenes could be heard but not seen. This way, the viewers imagined the film based on the dialogues and the sound they heard, and placed their own images onto the blue screen. In a similar manner, renowned producer Jan Bang makes music with a strong cinematic flair that functions as a soundtrack for an imaginary film. As best seen on his debut ...and poppies from Kandahar (Samadhi Sound, 2011) or his own ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Punkt Festival 2013

Read "Punkt Festival 2013"

Punkt FestivalKick Kristiansand, Norway September 6-8, 2013 Punkt is back. Three simple words with greater significance. While the annual festival, which has made its name on the strength of two additional words--Live Remix--had an eighth edition in 2012 that, on paper, should have been nothing short of spectacular, it was ultimately not just disappointing but, for longtime attendees, something that actually engendered real anger. The reasons were two-fold: first, invited festival curator Brian Eno--a producer and, at least at one time, forward-thinking musical innovator--chose to make the festival's raison d'être completely secondary to a ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jan Bang: Narrative From The Subtropics

Read "Jan Bang: Narrative From The Subtropics" reviewed by

For Norwegian electronic musician Jan Bang, the studio is no longer a perfectly isolated space to assemble and produce fictitious beautiful sounds--a boundary he has long since transcended. He not only brought studio equipment and techniques to the performing stage but he also started using them as tools in live improvisation. Together with fellow musician and companion Erik Honoré he established the Punkt-praxis of immediate live remix of musical performances by another (group of) musician(s). His approach has increased the liquidity and permeability of sounds, as well as the (in)determinacy and (in)definiteness of musical form. Bang is one of those ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jan Bang: Narrative from the Subtropics

Read "Narrative from the Subtropics" reviewed by

There are times when it seems everything that has come before suddenly coalesces, reaches critical mass and engenders near-exponentially increased success and opportunity. For Jan Bang and Erik Honoré, their Punkt live remix festival has evolved, since its early inception in Kristiansand, Norway, into a musical aesthetic brought to other festivals like Mannheim's Enjoy Jazz and Estonia's Jazzkaar. In nine years it's become a multinational event of world renown, its ever-expanding “Punkt Family" including a network of musicians that has-- beyond Norwegian stalwarts like Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset and Sidsel Endresen--also welcomed British avant-songsmith David Sylvian, Estonian guitarist Robert Jürjendal, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jan Bang / Erik Honore / Gaute Storaas / Arve Henriksen: Knut Hamsun's Victoria

Read "Knut Hamsun's Victoria" reviewed by

Given the cinematic nature of albums like ...and poppies from Kandahar (SamadhiSound, 2011), Uncommon Deities (SamadhiSound, 2012) and Cartography (ECM, 2008), it should come as no surprise to find trumpeter/vocalist Arve Henriksen and electronic sound sculptors/Punkt Festival Artistic Directors Jan Bang and Erik Honoré collaborating on a film soundtrack, in this case Norwegian director, playwright and novelist Torun Lian's screen adaptation of fellow Norwegian and Nobel Prize laureate Knut Hamsun's 1898 novel, Victoria. Just released in March, 2013, the film is already garnering critical acclaim, and if the soundtrack to a film is not necessarily essential to its success, there ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jan Bang / Erik Honore: Uncommon Deities

Read "Jan Bang / Erik Honore: Uncommon Deities" reviewed by

Jan Bang / Erik Honoré Uncommon Deities SamadhiSound 2012 As the 2012 Punkt Festival debuts its eighth annual edition at its home base of Kristiansand, Norway--but this time, in the brand new, state of the art Kilden Performing Arts Centre--it has gradually evolved into something more than just a festival. The brainchild of co-artistic directors Jan Bang and Erik Honoré has even managed to transcend its founding premise of live remixes--taking performances in the main theater and, immediately afterwards, conducting a live remix, with other musicians thrown into the mix. In collaboration with a growing ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jan Bang: ….and poppies from Kandahar

Read "….and poppies from Kandahar" reviewed by

Imagination knows no boundaries and, as Einstein has said, more important than knowledge is the imagination that embraces the whole world and all there will be to know and understand. Clearly, a man whose imagination knows no boundaries and embraces opportunities, live sampler Jan Bang's debut is an album of pioneering intensity and diverse expression. A notable producer and collaborator, Bang's ....and poppies from Kandahar is his sprawling introduction to the world at large. The title--as well as the names for each of the album's 11 pieces--was suggested by SamadhiSound label owner David Sylvian, and is not ...

INTERVIEWS

Jan Bang: Head, Shoulders, Hips, Knees and Toes

Read "Jan Bang: Head, Shoulders, Hips, Knees and Toes"

When it comes to organically integrating modern technology into music, few countries are innovating to the degree of Norway, and at the epicenter of that country's forward-thinking approach to melding improvisation with jazz and Norwegian traditionalism--not to mention contemporary classicism, pop, ambient and more; truly any and all musical markers--is producer/remixer/sampler Jan Bang, who has just released his first album as a leader, ....and poppies from Kandahar (SamadhiSound, 2010). Bang, from his home base in Kristiansand at the southern tip of the country, has been part of a remarkable musical movement since around the mid-1990s, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jan Bang: ….and poppies from Kandahar

Read "….and poppies from Kandahar" reviewed by

It's rare for an album to quietly shake the foundation of what music is...and can be. Fifteen years after Jan Bang first innovated the concept of live sampling--turning an Akai MPC 3000 sampler into a true improvising instrument by sampling other musicians in real time and feeding processed musical ideas back; pushing and pulling the music just as any “conventional" musician does in a live context--he's finally released his first album under his own name, and it's a stunner. Filled with constructed soundscapes that may come from technology, ....and poppies from Kandahar lives, breathes and feels organically, defying all misconceptions ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Punkt Festival 2008: Day 3-3

Read "Punkt Festival 2008: Day 3-3"

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

Day three of Punkt 08 ranked as one of the strongest of the past three years. What's remarkable about the programming in the Agder Theatre is the attention to details beyond the music--though that would be enough. With lights and set design by Tord Knutsen, video by Jan Martin Vagen, and a team of Norway's best sound engineers including Geir Ostenjo, Frederik Rodberg, Kjell Morten Bruun, Elise Onseng, Phillip Moe and Mons Aasheim, Punkt sets the bar for sound and vision so high that it leaves most other festivals in ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Punkt 07 - Kristiansand, Norway - Day Four, September 1, 2007

Read "Punkt 07 - Kristiansand, Norway - Day Four, September 1, 2007"

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4Despite its relatively small size, Punkt is a festival that always thinks big. The best sound and lighting people in the country are enlisted--resulting in always superb sound and set/lighting designs that, rather than being created for the venue and remaining constant, change, often significantly, from performance to performance. Every year there's something new, like the Punkt Magasin, which is more than just a program: it's a large-sized publication that, in addition to outstanding photos from Punkt 06, has articles by and/or about many of the artists performing ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Punkt 07 - Kristiansand, Norway - Day Three, August 31, 2007

Read "Punkt 07 - Kristiansand, Norway - Day Three, August 31, 2007"

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

While other festivals feature a diversity of artists across a longer period of time, there's simply no festival other than Punkt that manages to pack so much into three days of programming--and create the kind of environment where unexpected collaborations catalyze real magic, and expected encounters do the same by being given the free reign to try absolutely anything. Over its three-day run there are thirteen acts in the 500-seat Agder Theatre, and thirteen live remixes in the Alpha Room. It would be a little overwhelming if ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Punkt 07 - Kristiansand, Norway - Day Two, August 30, 2007

Read "Punkt 07 - Kristiansand, Norway - Day Two,  August 30, 2007"

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

As 5:00 PM approached, anticipation of the first official day for Punkt 07 continued to grow. The Agder Theater is a beautiful venue, with a large bar area for meeting up with artists and other media folks from as far away as Japan and China. Like the increasingly cosmopolitan makeup of the musicians who have come to perform at Punkt, there's a large contingent of writers to ensure that the word about Punkt continues to spread.

Yet another unique ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Punkt 07 - Kristiansand, Norway - Day One, August 29, 2007

Read "Punkt 07 - Kristiansand, Norway - Day One, August 29, 2007"

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Returning to the town of Kristiansand, Norway is more like a homecoming than a holiday (or work). That's because, unlike so many other festivals, Punkt is as much about community and relationship as it is music. It's hard to imagine a festival like Punkt taking place anywhere other than Kristiansand, situated at the southernmost tip of the country, and a strikingly beautiful place under any circumstances. Still, with the reputation of Punkt increasing every year, it is also becoming a brand of sorts, and will take place in London, ...



Support All About Jazz Through Amazon

Weekly Giveaways

Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith

About | Enter

Mort Weiss

Mort Weiss

About | Enter

Rotem Sivan

Rotem Sivan

About | Enter

Michael Carvin

Michael Carvin

About | Enter

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW

Community Members

Join our growing community of
writers, musicians, visual artists and advocates.

C. Michael Bailey

Contributor

C. Michael Bailey Senior Contributor
Chuck Koton

Visual artist

Chuck Koton Concert/Festival Reviewer

Join Us Today!

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.