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 three 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 Dark Star Safari ( Jan Bang / Erik Honoré / Eivind Aarset / Samuel Rohrer / John Derek Bishop) celebrate their second album.

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!

J.A. "Dino" Dean

Pioneering live sampling musician J.A "Dino" Dean died on July 22, 2021. 

by Jan Bang

Just received the sad news of J.A «Dino» Dean´s passing. Here portrayed together with the late Butch Morris who performed at the Punkt festival in 2012. 

Shocked by the fact that three of the band members of Jon Hassell´s band  including Peter Freeman, Jon Hassell and J.A Deane all have passed within the last four months.

I came to know some of the man when traveling with Jon Hassell´s band in the US, Australia and in Europe between 2007 and 2012.

Cutting his teeth playing trombone with Ike and Tina Turner around Nutbush City Limits area, he became member of the San Francisco post punk band Indoor Life.

His pioneering use of samplers and delay loops led him to the groundbreaking work with Jon Hassell including Power Spot, produced by Eno/Lanois and released on ECM in 1986. Here, a performance with Jon Hassell at Fabrik in Hamburg in 1985 together with guitarist Michael Brook and synth player Jean-Philip Rykiel (son of Sonja Rykiel)

He was given the conduction baton by Butch Morris whom he’d been working closely with exercising Morris conduction style, a form of improvising with an orchestra. Dino did this beautifully and performed twice at Punkt in Kristiansand, Norway conducting the students of the University of Agder and taking part in one of the live remixes.

Dino lived in New Mexico and will be missed by all of us who was lucky enough to have known the man and his music.

 

Music as a slowly evolving prism

Jon Hassell 1937-2021

by Jan Bang
 

The title belongs to musician Richard Horowitz, a longtime collaborator and friend of trumpeter and composer Jon Hassell - writing in respond to the Royce Hall concert in LA a decade ago.

 

Surrounded by his family and friends Jon died peacefully in his home in LA on Saturday June 26. As one of his two goddaughters, Uti Cleveland mentioned after the ceremony: “Jon could tell how the world was, not what he would like it to be”.

 

Some musicians have the ability to speak directly to the heart. That is a gift of God or whatever you choose to call it.  Jon had that gift. It´s something about hearing a tone in a special way, that when listening, you immediately recognize it as something almost private. A personal thing you possess in your life knowing it will be with you forever.

 

In many ways Jon became my mentor, part of my DNA. I had the fortune of getting to know the man very well over a period of five years from 2005 when he first came to the Punkt festival in my hometown Kristiansand together with guitarist Eivind Aarset. 

 

Two years later upon his return to Norway, I became a regular member of his band and from then we travelled the world together performing in various places ranging from Reykjavik to Sydney. Wherever Jon got invited to perform, I would be there right next to him. Playing alongside him in France with Gnawa musicians, or in Carnegie Hall in NYC and various places in the US and throughout Europe was just great. 

 

When performing at the Big Ears festival in Knoxville, Texas – he would tell how familiar the landscape would be to his growing up in Memphis, Tennessee. The swamp and the heat. As a teenager he would listen to blues in small clubs. Later studies in Rochester and hearing Gesang de Junglinge he would decide going to Europe to study with Stockhausen. 

 

He had great admiration for Terry Riley being the true originator of minimalism and their journey to India and studies back in the US with Pandit Pran Nath where Jon would learn to first sing and then transfer the vocal lines to his trumpet playing – like calligraphy, but with sound where he would learn to draw a perfect line with the sound of his trumpet.

 

Through Jon I met Brian Eno and remember fondly a long breakfast in London the day after performing at London Jazz festival. The two of them had taken up their friendship from a few years without contact. When driving out of London to the airport I mentioned to Jon how beautiful it was seeing two old friends making up after years of silence. Jon simply responded: “Well, Brian´s my homeboy”.

 

In 2008 we went into the recording studio with Manfred Eicher and recorded what was to become Last Night the Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street (ECM). The recording took place at La Buissone Studios in Avignon, France. The musicians were all American and consisted of Rick Cox (guitar); Jamie Muhoberac (synthesizer); the late Peter Freeman (bass); Jon (tpt, keyboards) and myself on live sampling.

 

Arnaud Mercier who faithfully was working with Jon since 2003 and right up to his passing in 2021 – was there as a second engineer next to the studio´s in-house engineers, and with Manfred producing the album. The end results incorporated live recordings from Courtrais, Belgium and later recordings from when bringing Punkt to London the same year. Finally J.A Deane, Helge Norbakken and Kheir-Eddine M´Kachiche would be added to the mix.

 

When our collaboration came to an end, he would tell me the only music he would listen to was Ravel´s Le Gibet from Gaspard de la Nuit.

 

On the day of the private memorial service, I was on my bike heading home from town when hearing the church bells ring. And I remembered when Jon did the Punkt commission playing the church bells. Jon and Arnaud had organized it in a way so that the pitches would play high notes in the morning and would slowly transpose downwards during the day and ending with a beautiful low sounding gong at midnight.

 

Reminded by the Paul Simon song about the two Johns – John Lennon and the late great Johnny Ace. Adding a third Jon to the song – singing to myself: 

 

On a lovely Sunday morning
In beginning of summertime

When a friend called up and asked me 

if I´d heard Jon Hassell died

 

And the two of us went to this bar

and we´d stayed to close the place 

And every song we played was for 

the late great Johnny Ace

 

(free adaptation from The Late Great Johnny Ace)

 

 

Jon Hassell was my friend and I loved him madly.

 

  • Jan Bang, Kristiansand July 5, 2021