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Avant garde? Ambient noise? Gentle musical mayhem? Words fail.

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Lene Grenager, cello and other instruments
Hild Sofie Tafjord, horn and other instruments
Kristin Andersen, trumpet and other instruments
Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje (hjemmeside), vokal and other instruments

The record label states:
cd cover The new studio album from this increasingly exciting and colourful quartet boasts yet another Pippi Longstocking related title. This free spirited and anti authoritarian character is one of the most loved and wellknown from the late, great Swedish author of childrens books, Astrid Lindgren. It translates "The very top of a bluepainted flagpole" and on reflection it gets clearer and clearer why the four young women (all still in their twenties) in SPUNK so easily will identify with this character, going their own pathways and relentlessly breaking most rules in the book. In many ways both more accesible, varied and distinct than their debut from 1999

The band sez:
SPUNK has had an extraordinary career so far. We started out by exploring whatever we found interesting in the musical field in 1995, and after approximately one year we started presenting our work at concerts. Since that, a lot of people have visited our concerts, seminars and bought our music.

SPUNK's musical field is hard to describe, because we're 4 musicians with very different backgrounds - classical, contemporary, jazz, pop, rock, techno, even country - that makes a musical landscape which is new for most people, even to well trained musicians.

We have played in very different kinds of settings: Theatre music, improvisation to pictures at an art museum, participation at classical concerts as well as our own concerts at jazz clubs, techno clubs and festivals abroad and in Norway, collaboration with musicians and composers from various music styles, improvisation seminars and concerts with participants, film music and music for art installations.

During all this, we have met all kind of people with an interest in music (or maybe without as well), and people with any preferences seem to enjoy what we're doing. I dare say we have (at least) participated in opening some people's ears, and we think that's one of the most important things to do - trying to make people capable of experiencing something more complicated and challenging than what they usually do, no matter what kind of art it involves - music, theatre, visual art... And we clearly see that many are more than ready for a challenge. - Spunk

Spunk´s art is open, playful and joyously varied and offer much of what we hope, feel and believe that music in 2002 can be. Ballade (NO)

Pippi and Spunk have a lot in common, both are fearless, playful, supercharming and capable of moving boundaries. Spot (NO)

Spunk have really shaped up this time, but it´s still difficult to say what they sound like. The mix of humour, electronics and hitting instruments is not far from what people like Keith Rowe, Derek Bailey or David Moss have done through the years. But this is not your typical European improv music. There´s a lot to learn from this for certain timeservers, like it´s actually possible to play melodies. Mute (NO)

An album that simply oozes attitude; an attitude toward sound and space, to the possibilities of an improvising quartet as determined by their fine appetite for absurdity. The Wire (UK)

More accessible, more dynamic than their album of remixes, this is a delightful, highly challenging record. Jazzwise (UK)

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