Punkt Festival 2008, Kristiansand, Day 1

by Nitya
September 5, 2008

Kristiansand, Norway, home to the Punkt Festival 2008. Photo by John Kelman.

So here I am in Kristiansand, Norway. This is one of those places that even though thousands of miles from home and the natives speaking a different language you do not feel out of place. The geography is striking and it is hard to believe a festival of this magnitude would be happening here.

Punkt's uniqueness stems from it's live remix concept. The main shows take place in the acoustically perfect 500 seat Agder theatre. Immediately after the audience relocates to a second venue in the building with approximately 220 seats (benches actually) named the Alfa Room where the just completed set has been recorded and is remixed live by a second group of musicians.

Punkt Festival Stage 2008

Punkt is not just a jazz festival but has become both an audio and visual festival. Thursday saw the unveiling of Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings for Punkt followed by a Q&A with the man himself.

Eno/Hassell Punkt Festival 2008

Friday PM we have a "Conversation Remix" with Brian Eno and Jon Hassell followed by an evening of performances and remixes. The healiner this evening will be Nik Bartsh's Ronin "Zen Funk" music followed by a remix of Bartsch's set by Nils Petter Molvaer, Eivind Aarset (shown below also with Arne Bang, the executive promoter of Punkt) and Audun Klieve (Molvaer's current touring group).

Nitya, Eivind Aarset and Arne Bang, Punkt Festival 2007

On a personal note I had breakfast Thursday morning with Jon Hassell and Peter Freeman (bass & loops, Maarifa Street). I also met John Kelman of All About Jazz who kindly supplied the picture of Kristiansand above.  

More soon!


Music from Nik Bartsch’s Ronin

Music from Audun Kleive

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