Bendik Giske NO
November 22, 2019
Saxophonist and queer artist Bendik Giske (Norway via Berlin)
Live club atmospheres, drone-jazz
Surrender (Smalltown Supersound, 2019)
An extension of his body, Bendik Giske’s saxophone meshes with his intense physicality—in all its vulnerability, joy and artistic expression. Tapping into his own queer perspective, Bendik expands the concept of ecstatic club music through rhythmically textured compositions and visceral performances.
Growing up between Oslo, Norway and Ubud in Bali, Giske used dance and music as unifying languages—playing piano, didgeridoo and jaw harp in traditional Norwegian and gamelan styles before beginning to study the saxophone at age 12. Throughout his growth as an instrumentalist and composer, he learned the tools of electronic music production, pushing against the straight-dominated classical music realm into decidedly queer(er) territory. He’s created original works for dance and theatre and contributed to albums by Norwegian performance artist Nils Bech. As a solo artist, his saxophone emulations of electronic music, free of looping or layering, centre the human experience through circular breath and movement.
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