Punkt awarded the 2019 Agder Regional Culture Prize .

Punkt´s artistic directors Jan Bang and Erik Honoré is awarded the 2019 Vest-Agder Culture Prize

 

Fylkeskulturprisen tildelt til Punktfestivalen

Hovedutvalg for kultur og utdanning har i dag besluttet at Fylkeskulturprisen fra Vest-Agder fylkeskommune for 2019 går til Punktfestivalen ved kunstneriske ledere Jan Bang og Erik Honoré. Fylkeskulturprisen består av 50.000 kroner, samt et kunstverk signert Gro Suvatne, fra en spesialbestilt serie fra 2015.

Punktfestivalen hadde 15 årsjubileum i 2019. Den ble allerede i åpningsåret kåret til "This year`s most innovative festival" av BBC Music Magazine. Årlig kommer et stort oppbud av markante medier og bransjefolk fra mange land.

Festivalens kjennemerke er live-sampling under konserter. Lydene fra musikerne bearbeides og sendes direkte ut til publikum i en ny miks. På den måten kan alle i bandet improvisere sammen. På 90-tallet kom Jan Bang opp med denne helt nye måten å jobbe på, og metoden ble så fundamentet i Punktfestivalen. Festivalen er unik i Norge og banebrytende i sin sjanger.

I løpet av de 15 årene siden den beskjedne starten i 2005 har Punkt vokst til et ambisiøst prosjekt med fire hovedformål, knyttet sammen av live remix-konseptet og et nettverk av musikere. De fire hovedmålene er:

  • Den årlige «moderfestivalen» i Kristiansand i månedsskiftet august/ september. Hovedsakelig publikumsfestival, men også et betydelig bransje/showcase-element. Festivalen er basert på konseptet live remix (alle konserter remikses umiddelbart av andre musikere) og har vært besøkt og gjestekuratert av artister som Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno og David Sylvian.
  • Punkt på turne: mer enn 25 byer i Europa, Asia og Canada har hatt besøk av Punkt-konseptet med norske, internasjonale og lokale artister. Siste stopp i år var Tokyo i slutten av september.
  • Punkt som et kontinuerlig kunstnerisk prosjekt: konserter, innspillinger, audiovisuelle prosjekter.
  • Punkts sentrale rolle i utviklingen av den elektroniske musikkutdanningen ved Universitetet i Agder.

av Torkelsen, Jan H., publisert 22. oktober 2019 | 

Eivind Aarset | Jan Bang

Oslo Jazzfestival

Henning Bolte published a review from Oslo Jazzfestival where Jan Bang performed live together with long time collaborator Eivind Aarset and drummer Anders Engen. 

Recollections of an Oslo experience
by Henning Bolte:

- Jan Bang is always working standing and highly movable, his body movements and gestures accompany and figure the musical lines. He acts as a mixture of percussionist and conductor or ballet dancer. That elevates the music in physical ways giving the impression of an alchemist tapping from a rich reservoir of hidden, secret sources. It becomes graspable by the rhythm of his body movements.

You can read the article here:
https://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=568111 

(Photo:Arild Danielsen)

Jan Bang and Ensemble Modern

Concert review in Mannheimer Morgen

Mannheimer Morgen published a great review  of Jans concert together with the wonderful Ensemble Modern in Heidelberg. Also, the duo concert with Eivind Aarset received a phenomenal review   in the same paper: https://www.morgenweb.de/mannheimer-morgen_artikel,-kultur-bisweilen-alarmierend-_arid,1533481.html

Jan Bang AiR at Enjoy Jazz

Concerts and masterclass and lecture in Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg.

In October Jan is the Artist in Residence at Enjoy Jazz festival. During the whole month of October Jan is performing a string of concerts with a variety of projects such as the legendary Ensemble Modern, Dark Star Safari, duo with Eivind Aarset and a Punkt live remix together with Erik Honoré + guest (tba). 

During the residency, Jan will also be giving a lecture and masterclass at the Pop academie in Mannheim.

https://www.enjoyjazz.de

Punkt 2019

The blue moment blog by Richard Williams

Battleship Potemkin - live soundtrack by Matt Calvert + Jan Bang

Kings Place, London

Battleship Potemkin Live Score

Jan Bang and Matt Calvert

Presented by EFG London Jazz Festival

The masterpiece of early cinema, Eisenstein’s 1925 Soviet classic, Battleship Potemkin finds its new sound with Opera North’s 2017 commission to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution and also to honour the wish of Eisenstein who hoped the score to be rewritten every 20 years to retain its relevance for each new generation. The film will be screened with Norwegian electronic musician and producer Jan Bang (Punkt) and Matt Calvert (Three Trapped Tigers) performing the score live with guitars, electronics and found sounds which are utterly fitting to the scenery, intensifying Eisenstein’s phenomenal imagery.

AIR

Jan Bang is Artist In Residence at Enjoy Jazz in Germany

Festival director Rainer Kern has announced Jan Bang as AIR at Germany´s biggest jazz festival. The residency includes collaborations with the legendary classical contemporary Ensemble Modern, duo concert with Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset and concert with Dark Star Safari - the newly formed band with Erik Honoré, Samuel Rohrer, Eivind Aarset and Bang. There will also be a PUNKT live remix of the Norwegian Trondheim Voices who will also be performing at Punkts 15th Anniversary Edition in Kristiansand.

Image from the concert in Taranto, Italy with Anders Engen (centre) and Eivind Aarset (left).

Image from the concert in Taranto, Italy with Anders Engen (centre) and Eivind Aarset (left).

German Music Critics´Award

Dark Star Safari Nominated for the Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2019

The Dark Star Safari album by Jan Bang /Erik Honoré / Eivind Aarset / Samuel Rohrer is along with Flying Lotus, Tim Hecker and Lambchop - nominated for the German Music Critics' Award (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik) as Electronic / Experimental album of the year.

Deutschen Schallplattenkritik is an independent organization of 156 music critics and journalists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Results will be announced on 14 August.

Punkt 15th Anniversary program has now come to a complete. For more info, please visit www.punktfestival.no

Punkt 15th Anniversary program has now come to a complete. For more info, please visit www.punktfestival.no

Melt Trio with Jan Bang

Instants (Trautom Records)

 

New live album released by the Berlin based Melt Trio with special guest Jan Bang. Taken from a live performance at Xjazz in Berlin and now released as a live album.

 http://www.melttrio.com