das wohltemperierte spunk

Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK
Photo by Kai Holmen

Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK is a 12 year long project where we go through the twelwe tones of the well tempered tuning of the chromatic scale. J.S. Bach made his Wohltemperierte Klavier, a study of each note of the well tempered scale. We have made our own study by each year playing a single note.

Each concert time is a play with numbers: The first concert was 20.01.2001 20:01 (January 1. 2001 at 20:01), the second was 20.02.2002 20:02 (February 20. 2002 at 20:02) and so on. That means that the last concert will be held 20.12.2012 20:12 (December 20. 2012 at 20:12).

At each concert, we play the note for as long as it takes us to be finished with it.

webernThe order of the notes follows the twelve-tone row made by Anton Webern for his String Quartet opus 28. This famous twelve-tone row starts with the notes B-A-C-H, and so suits our purpose quite beautifully.

Another aspect of Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK, is where each concert is held. It is always somewhere in Oslo, and we choose interesting or even strange places. We might even choose a place for it background noises, which we then perceive as a part of the music.

So far, we have played the first five parts of Das Wohltemperierte SPUNK.
Part I: Emanuel Vigelands mausoleum
Part II: A basement at Grünerløkka
Part III: The mall Oslo City at the centre of Oslo
Part IV: The Norwegian Nobel Institute
Part V: St. Edmunds Church
Part VI: A cabin at the island Nakholmen in the Oslo fjord. (pdf by Kai Holmen

latest news

SPUNK's website March 13. 2010

SPUNK's website is being redesigned and will soon be updated with our current plans and activites.

SPUNK with Joelle Leandre June 15. 2008

March 3 2008 SPUNK played together with double bass player Joelle Leandre at Belleville, Oslo. We are hoping to play together again soon!

SPUNK reviewed by John Kelman May 22. 2008

...But the best music, as in the best lives, is all about confluence and contrast; pain and pleasure; harsh and beautiful. Spunk manages to bring together all these elements, making their performance one of the highlights of FIMAV 2008 and, quite possibly, the best show of the festival. Read the whole article. at

Reviews from FIMAV! May 20. 2008

"...on ne pouvait que se laisser bercer par les sentiments inspires par cette suite musicale etrange, intuitive et audacieuse." "Norway's all-female Spunk breaks the gender barrier when it comes to free improv with their combination of boldness and sensitivity and non-competitive spirit." (Montreal Gazette.

SPUNK to FIMAV, Canada May 13. 2008

On Norway's national day, May 17, SPUNK will be playing in Victoriaville, Canada, in the programme of the wonderful festival Festival International de Musique Actuelle Victoriaville (FIMAV). Hurra!

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