Biography Maja Ratkje (Norway)

The music of Maja Ratkje has been heard all over Europe as well as in Japan, China, Canada, USA and eastern Russia. She has received many awards and commissions from throughout the world. Ratkje is active as a singer/voice user and electronics player as well as studio engineer, mainly in connection with the contemporary improvisation ensemble SPUNK and the noise duo Fe-mail, which together with dancer Lotta Melin forms the performance trio Agrare. Ratkje has performed her own music for films, dance and theatre performances, installations, and numerous other projects  In 2005 she performed the voice solo part of her first big work for orchestra, commissioned by Radio France.  Chicago Reader said that "Ratkje is one of the most astonishing singers on the planet, sounding at times like Diamanda Galas or Shelley Hirsch.”

“Her work is celebratory and inclusive, an energising rallying call to those who are curious enough to peek out from behind the curtain of mainstream mediocrity.” (Keith Moliné, The Wire)