Bendik Giske is a saxophonist and composer exploring the range of possibilities of his instrument as well as his physical capabilities as a performer. In a series of site-specific recordings due for release in 2016 he fully incorporates the sound of the room, the mechanics of the saxophone, his breath, and his voice to form a listening experience inspired by the queer techno scene he is a part of.
His works range from releasing records and touring with his jazz trio and quintet, to composing and producing electronic pop music, music for dance and performance art as well as making remixes.
Born in Oslo, Norway into an artist-family, and after spending parts of his childhood in Bali, he gravitated towards creating music, with saxophone as tool of choice. Later on he earned a Bachelors degree from "Jazzlinja" in Trondheim Music Conservatory and Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen as well as a Masters degree in Performing saxophone from the Norwegian Academy of Music.
He is a recipient of Norway's Kunstnerstipend, Norway's biggest and most important grant for artists, as well as an award winner at Getxo Jazz Festival in Spain and B-Jazz in Belgium.
Vocalist, performer and sound artist Stine Janvin (NO/DE) works with the extensive flexibility of her voice, and the ways in which it can be disconnected from its natural, human connotations. Created for variable spaces from theatres, to clubs and galleries, the backbone of Janvin's projects focus on the physical aspects of sound, vocal instrumentation and potential dualities of the natural versus artificial, organic/synthetic, and minimal/dramatic.
Stine Janvin's live work is an ongoing exploration of her Fake Synthetic Music concept, materialised as a double LP on PAN, a stage piece for voice, echo and lights designed by Morten Joh, and a collaboration with video artist Erik Ferguson. In addition to commissioned work and collaborations for and with other artists, such as Ula Sickle, Adam Linder and Holly Herndon, Janvin is also performing regularly with duo project Native Instrument (Shelter Press, Entr'acte) and her alter ego ST/NE (Laura Lies In).
As an interpreter, Janvin is a member of the Holly Herndon Ensemble, and performs contemporary music as a soprano with vocal ensemble Song Circus and in collaboration with composers such as Catherine Lamb, Maja S.K Ratkje and Øyvind Mæland.