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Punkt Festival 2009: Day 4, Kristiansand, Norway, September 5, 2009

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 For its fifth year, Punkt Festival's evening programming was, more than any other, organized around clearer thematic lines, although that still meant a considerably broader purview than most other festivals--and, of course, there was the occasional exception. The first day spotlighted up-and-coming talent; the second, largely more experimental improvisation; and the third, singer/songwriters. For Punkt 2009's final day, the emphasis was more decidedly on jazz, in conventional ...

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Punkt Festival 2009: Day 2, Kristiansand, Norway, September 3, 2009

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 One of Punkt's many definers is its fearless avoidance of stylistic boundaries. Some festivals are expanding their stylistic purview out of necessity; Punkt has always been style-blind by definition. So it's not uncommon to find a program where some of today's greatest experimentalists not only share the same bill as a soulful, pop-ready singer/songwriter, but share the same audience as well. Because Punkt audiences--at least the many ...

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Punkt Festival 2009: Day 1, Kristiansand, Norway, September 2, 2009

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

---> Every festival has its raison d'être, but the Kristiansand festival, in Norway, has many. It's primary definer is its “Live Remix" concept--where performances in Agder Theatre's main hall are immediately followed by live remixes of the performance just passed, with additional musicians interacting, in real-time, with the remixer's vision.

But there's more to Punkt than its moveable feast--one that's already been brought to London, England ...

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Punkt: Crime Scenes

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For those who missed Punktfest '06 in Norway, Crime Scenes is the perfect introduction to the Punkt aesthetic. Created by Jan Bang and Erik Honoré, two increasingly well-known artists in pop and improvised music circles, the essence of Punkt is an exploration into the organic dovetailing of modern technology with conventional musical instruments and methodologies.

Its range includes the concept of live sampling, where music being performed is recorded and fed back to the performing musicians, often as loops or ...


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