Punkt 2021

Like last year, and for the same reasons, the Punkt 2021 program is based on artists living in Norway. And like last year, we anticipate three days of high quality music in high quality surroundings.

This has been a challenging time, but it has given musicians the opportunity to take a step back and create new music. Thus, there will be no less than two release concerts and one commissioned work at Punkt 2021.

We start on Thursday 2 September with a celebration of Bugge Wesseltoft's record company Jazzland, with which many Punkt artists are associated. In collaboration with Bugge, we have put together a «Jazzland 25th Anniversary Concert» exclusively for this occasion:

Håkon Kornstad: sax

Harpreet Bansal: violin

Lilja (Oddrun Lilja Jonsdottir): guitar

Sanskriti Shrestha: tablas

Audun Erlien: bass

Veslemøy Narvesen: drums

Live Remix: Tortusa (John Derek Bishop)

This extended concert and remix will take place at Blåkors in Posebyen, the old section of Kristiansand.

On Friday 3 and Saturday 4 September, we present the «standard» Punkt evenings consisting of concerts and live remixes at the panoramic Stup venue on Hotel Norge’s top floor:

Super-quartet SKRIM ( Gard Nilssen / Morten Qvenild / Ståle Storløkken / Stian Westerhus) release their first album, Eivind Aarset 4tet will also present their new release, and a specially formed Punkt Ensemble ( Eivind Aarset / Jan Bang / Erik Honoré / Audun Erlien / DJ Strangefruit / Jonas Verlo with guests André Kassen and Canberk Ulaş) perform newly composed material.

It is also important for us to present new names. This year we have commissioned the talented singer/songwriter Benedikte Kløw Askedalen to create a work for Punkt. Askedalen’s concert will be live remixed by the fabulous Maja S. K. Ratkje.

Violinist Harpreet Bansal comes with her band and very prominent guest Svante Henryson, and another seminal violinist, Nils Økland, also visits us with his band. So does the brilliant saxophonist and singer Håkon Kornstad, and DJ Strangefruit returns to play records at the end of each night.

Remixers this year include the trio Kirsten Bråten Berg / Jan Bang / Erik Honoré, Helge Sten, Ståle Storløkken, Lars Kristian Lia and Kristian Isachsen / Alessandra Bossa.

There will only be a limited amount of Day Passes available for each day (no Festival Pass), so you should be very quick. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, tickets will be refunded. Get your Day Passes  here.

Please see the Program page for when the various musicians perform, and the Artists page for further information and music clips.

We look forward to seeing you at Punkt 2021!