About SPUNK



SPUNK is a quartet using improvisation as the basis for their music. The ensemble was established in 1995 and can regularly be heard at festivals all over Europe. In 2011 SPUNK released their 5th album at Rune Grammofon - a live recording DVD called LIGHT.

"Spunk" is a word invented by author Astrid Lindgren's fictitious character Pippi Longstocking. Pippi's pleasure in invention gave the quartet SPUNK its name in 1995. SPUNK makes free improvised music from a variety of sources, with the expression of each of the group's four members given equal weight within the ensemble.

The performance space is also of importance to SPUNK. In their site specific installations Reir and Lys (Nest and Light) and in concerts with live video, the spaces SPUNK play in, become a fifth member of the ensemble, with which the musicians can interact.

Together with the duo Phantom Orchard, SPUNK premiered a commission at Donaueschinger Tage fur Neue Musik in 2011. In November 2012, SPUNK will develop a site specific exhibition for the art hall Bomuldsfabriken in Arendal and are invited to play at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

SPUNK consists of

Kristin Andersen, trumpet
Lene Grenager, cello

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, voice, electronics
Hild Sofie Tafjord, french horn, electronics
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