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Bendik GiskeNO

Bendik Giske<sup>NO</sup>
Bendik GiskeNO
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12.03 | 15:00_22:00 Barcelona time
Live: 16:00 Barcelona time

Bendik Giske's saxophone is a pure extension of his body. It matches the Norwegian composer's intense physicality; his total vulnerability, joy and artistic expression. Drawing on his own queer perspective, Bendik expands the concept of club music through rhythmically textured compositions and visceral performances.

Growing up between Oslo (Norway) and Ubud (Bali), Giske used dance and music as unifying languages. Throughout his growth as an instrumentalist and composer, he discovered the tools of electronic music production, pushing the heterosexual-dominated classical music terrain into decidedly queer territory. He has created original works for dance and theatre and contributed to albums by Norwegian artist Nils Bech. As a solo act, his saxophone emulations of electronic music, free of loops or layers, focus the human experience through circular breath and movement.

Bendik Giske's debut EP, Adjust, offers a crash course in his range: howls, wails and moans intertwined in a steady rhythm, all created with saxophone. Remixes from Total Freedom, Lotic, Rezzett and Deathprod demonstrate Adjust's club-readiness, amplifying its drones into an atmospheric cacophony or reinventing its natural loops into strong breakbeats. Adjust's original video features Swiss drag queen, writer and activist Legz in a slow-motion dance.

With the album 'Surrender', released in 2019, Bendik Giske's sound travels deeper into Berlin's nocturnal underground to embrace its fervent techno pulse and varied humanity. At MUTEK Barcelona 2022, we will review live the sounds worked by the Norwegian over the years and discover future projects in progress.

Bendik Giske's saxophone is a pure extension of his body. It matches the Norwegian composer's intense physicality; his total vulnerability, joy and artistic expression. Drawing on his own queer perspective, Bendik expands the concept of club music through rhythmically textured compositions and visceral performances.