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PUNKT – Birmingham March 2020

PUNKT Birmingham promises to be a festival of memorable collaborations, a journey of discovery for audiences and musicians, and a catalyst for thought-provoking discussions.

Punkt Birmingham

18th – 20th March 2020

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, Birmingham, B4 7XR



Over the last 15 years Punkt has gained an international reputation as an exciting,

progressive and musically inclusive festival. Thanks in part to the unique concept of

the “live remix”, the annual pilgrimage to Kristiansand in Norway has become a regular

fixture for adventurous music lovers. This collaboration between Punkt, UK based

artists and Birmingham City University presents an exciting, and rare, opportunity to

enjoy the Punkt experience outside of Norway. Artistic directors Jan Bang and Erik

Honoré present a programme which combines Norwegian invention with British

creativity throughout. This unique collaboration is sure to please die-hard Punkt fans,

experimental music lovers and inquisitive minds alike.


Wednesday 18th March

Remixing the Festival (4pm)

An open seminar event including a panel discussion on the future of festivals with

Punkt directors Jan Bang and Erik Honoré, Programme Adviser to Cheltenham Jazz

Festival Tony Dudley-Evans, Ideas of Noise co-director Sarah Farmer and long term

Punkt supporter BBC Radio 3 presenter Fiona Talkington. There will also be

contributions by students from the University of Agder and Royal Birmingham


This seminar is supported by the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research.

Thursday 19th March

Trish Clowes& Louise McMonagle

Remix: Erik Honoré, Arve Henriksen and Eivind Aarset

Saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes has been described as “an improviser to be

reckoned with” (Downbeat Magazine) and “one of the most agile and original jugglers

of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times”

(John Fordham, the Guardian). Here she appears in duo with the fantastic cellist and

long-term collaborator Louise McMonagle. The pair have worked together previously

as part of Trish’s Emulsion festival project as well as in the group Tangent.

The remix will be undertaken by three musicians who have become synonymous with

Punkt, helping to shape the concept which defines it; live sampling and synthesizer by

Erik Honoré, Arve Henriksen on trumpet and guitarist Eivind Aarset. This trio are

bound to deliver an unmissable interpretation of Trish and Louise’s performance,

blending raw acoustic samples with electronic processing mastery.

Supported by TDE Promotions

Stillefelt with special guest Jan Bang

Remix: Students from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire & University of Agder

Stillefelt is Percy Pursglove on trumpet, guitarist Thomas Seminar Ford and bass

player Chris Mapp. This trio combines short cell-like compositions with electronics and

improvisation to create other-worldly textures, melodies and soundscapes. For this

special one-off concert they are joined by Punkt co-artistic director Jan Bang. Jan’s

inimitable live sampling style has made him one of the most fascinating improvisers

and performers to experience live. This collaboration is sure to produce intriguing

moments of interaction, improvisation and above all beautiful music.

Students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Creative Ensemble will be

collaborating with students from the University of Agder to deliver the remix. This group

have been specially selected to take part in the festival and represent what will be the

first of many collaborations between BCU and Punkt’s home university.

Supported by Jazzlines

Friday 20th March

The Height Of The Reeds

Remix: Annie Mahtani and Chris Mapp

“The Height Of The Reeds” started as a commissioned work by Opera North to the

city of Hull, Great Britain´s cultural capital 2017. Composed by Arve Henriksen, Eivind

Aarset, Jan Bang and Jez riley French, the work celebrates the longstanding seafaring

relationship between Hull and Scandinavia. It was originally the musical companion to

a sound walk where those who took part could listen to the music on headphones

while crossing the Humber Bridge. Erik Honoré joins the quartet for this concert


Annie Mahtani and Chris Mapp will take full advantage of RBC’s Lab space to deliver

a multi-channel, immersive remix. Annie and Chris have worked together before in

Gonimoblast. They were invited to play together as part of BBC Radio 3’s Late

Junction showcase in Birmingham in 2018. This remix will continue to explore their

shared interests of sound-exploitation, spatialisation and improvisation.

Thallein Ensemble: Maja S.K. Ratkje

Remix: Andrew Woodhead & Mark Sanders

Thallein Ensemble are RBC’s contemporary music group made up of some of the

finest young players. They are presenting a programme of Norwegian composer and

multi-instrumentalist Maja S.K. Ratkje’s work alongside compositions by some of the

rising stars of the composition department.

The Thallein Ensemble remix is to be performed by Birmingham-based duo

pianist/electronicist Andrew Woodhead and drummer Mark Sanders. As well as

running the free improvisation nights Fizzle, Andrew has gained recognition for his

recent work with Elda and as a solo artist. Mark is one of the leading lights of the British

free improv scene having played with a whole host of luminaries including Roscoe

Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey, Henry Grimes, Roswell Rudd, Okkyung

Lee, Barry Guy, Jah Wobble, Charles Gayle, Peter Evans, Trevor Watts, William

Parker, Nate Wooley, Ivo Perelman and Nicole Mitchell.


To book tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rbc-punkt-birmingham-tickets-86478717171