One of our hometown favourites, acclaimed drummer and latin percussionist Boska (AKA Jon-Eirik Boska) started his electronic music career right here in Tromsø working with Mental Overdrive (AKA Per Martinsen) and Charlotte Bendiks. Scoped by UK electronica, Boska’s production and DJ-ing balances inventiveness and intuition, channeling grime, ballroom, dubstep and ghetto house. Now based in Berlin, we look forward to welcoming back Boska for a fresh, bass-driven live-set sure to haunt and taunt your ears just as well as your urge to move your body.
Boska performs at Turku Modern in Nuuk, Greenland as part of the exchange programme of the Up Node network, invited by Insomania Festival in Tromsoe, Norway. Made possible with support from the Nordic Culture Fund.
CHARLOTTE BENDIKS (NO)
The Intonal crew has a special moist spot for DJs and artists that are genre-fluid and hard to categorize. This often makes for great experiences on the dance floor but, as ever, no-one thinks about the poor programme writer. In this instance, Charlotte Bendiks is notorious. Cool and flowing like a Norwegian fjord, hot and musky like a private fetish club, Bendiks’ style is as hard to pin down as an epileptic wasp caught in strobe light. Having actively shaped the Insomnia Festival in her hometown Tromsø, Bendiks have been touring ever since, from Buenos Aires to Hanoi, with her special brand of addictive body music. Intonal is now proud to bring this “Northern ambassador of distant intimacy” to Malmö, via the Up Node festival network.
Charlotte Bendiks performs at Intonal Festival as part of the exchange programme of the Up Node network, invited by Insomnia Festival. Made possible with support from the Nordic Culture Fund.
Courtesy is a DJ, label owner and journalist. As her uncommon legal name Najaaraq Vestbirk indicates, she was born in Greenland but grew up mostly in Denmark. During her 2016 banner year, Courtesy established herself as a powerful solo artist and launched the label Ectotherm with her former Apeiron cohort Mama Snake. Her lauded Crack Magazine and FACT mixes in 2016 attest to her penchant for blending styles that push the boundaries of dance music: fuzzier textures meet polished productions, silky electro and rave-influenced breaks. She took on slots at major clubs around the world, from Concrete in Paris to Oslo’s Jaeger, Amsterdam’s De School and both Berghain and Panorama Bar in Berlin.
ELLEN ARKBRO (SE)
Stockholm-based composer Ellen Arkbro is known for her work as a minimalistic explorer of experimental and ambient territories both as a guitarist and lately for her debut solo album, For Organ and Brass, performed on an eponymous 393-year-old church organ in Tangermünd, Germany alongside accompanying horn, trombone, and tuba.
Ellen Arkbro is a composer and sound-artist primarily working with intervallic harmony in just intonation. Her work includes long-duration compositions for ensembles as well as electronic sound environments in the form of installations and live-performances, employing both traditional acoustic instruments as well as digital algorithmic sound synthesis.
Most recently, Arkbro released for organ and brass on Subtext Recordings, a set of recordings of her compositions in just intonation for renaissance organ, horn, trombone and microtonal tuba. In all of her work, Arkbro focuses on the qualities of harmonic sound that reveals the act of listening as an active process of participatory construction rather than mere observation, inviting the listener to gradually transform into the sound itself.
Ellen Arkbro performs as part of the exchange programme of the Up Node network, invited by Intonal Festival in Malmö, Sweden. Made possible with support from the Nordic Culture Fund.
EROSION FLOW (DK)
Copenhagen-based producer and DJ, Henrik Koefod gained international recognition with his self-titled Erosion Flow EP on George FitzGerald’s ManMakeMusic imprint in 2014 and since then has released the two-part project, Spectrums Vol. 1 & 2, on Martyn’s critically acclaimed 3024 label. He has also contributed to renowned mix-series such as Truants, Solid Steel and Hyponik, as well as having made guest mixes on NTS Radio and RinseFM.
His latest release explores the borders of melodic, pulsating electronica with a sheer sense of melancholy. Now moving into live-terrain, the 23-year-old artist is set to unravel his unique sound and versatile production style in a much more comprehensive and holistic experience.
Erosion Flow performs at Norberg Festival as part of the exchange programme of the Up Node nordic festival network, invited by Phono Festival in Odense, Denmark. Made possible with support from the Nordic Culture Fund.
KRISTIINA MÄNNIKKÖ (FIN)
Masterful Finnish DJ Kristiina Männikkö conceals her sets with dark mysticism, but never at the expense of danceability. Her trademark whipping snare drum is ever-present, while genres and eras of music around it change from techno to new wave and from EBM to electro. Männikkö has been one of the most beloved DJ’s at the Helsinki clubs Kaiku and Ääniwalli for the last couple of years. She is also hosting a weekly radio show concentrating on mystic electronic vibes at Radio Helsinki. Kristiina Männikko performs at Intonal Festival as part of the exchange programme of the Up Node network, invited by Insomnia Festival, Norway. Made possible with support from the Nordic Culture Fund.
FRANKIE TWILIGHT (SE)
From the depths of the techno underground of Malmö, Swedish Frankie Twilight packs the punch right between Drexciyan depths and Legowelt’s mysterious moves and delivers raw and pure drum machine anthems for the floor.
Not your usual techno producer, the woman behind this Alan Vega-esque alias does not subscribe to any genre definitions. Having played in a Berlin-based punk band as well as acting as the resident DJ at a members only 78 rpm jazz club, to say that her musical taste is diverse is quite an understatement.
The DIY spirit is however a red thread throughout her musical career and on her debut EP for the Fasaan label.
Her feverish live jams are usually raw and undiluted. Sometimes they are weighed down with the moody blues of numbing synth chords, and sometimes they’re frying in the squelch of a classic acid (house) bath.
The deranged funk of her playful rhythm patterns will surely see you crawling and contorting your body to fit your limbs into the grooves, or sulking in a corner breathing in all of its gothic glory.
Peckerhead is Denmark’s own Hardcore Techno enfant terrible. Although he probably is the youngest of the Danish Gabber front, he has already shared stage with great influencers of hardcore culture. On the dance floor he spans wide, from the early nineties hardcore genres, to a more extreme concept: “fast and hard”.
Peckerhead performs at Norberg Festival as part of the exchange programme of the Up Node nordic festival network, invited by Phono Festival in Odense, Denmark. Made possible with support from the Nordic Culture Fund.
Sigrún released her debut EP Hringsjá in August 2016, closely followed by a second release Tog in December. Her work is based around shaded experimental compositions, urgent and compelling. Complex harmonies carried by heavy electronic beats. She finds herself currently working on her next release based in Reykjavik. Sigrún is a composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist who has been noted for her work touring with artists such as Björk, Florence and the Machine, and Sigur Rós.
Sigrún performs at Insomnia Festival, Norway as part of the exchange programme of the Up Node nordic festival network, invited by Extreme Chill festival, Iceland.
Made possible with support from the Nordic Culture Fund.