Alter Festival


Bendik Giske is a Norwegian saxophonist and artist based in Berlin. His style is characterized by expressive use of unrelenting physicality, vulnerability, and endurance. The body is central in his work, especially as an acoustic musician. Primarily in the strength and muscle control required to accomplish circular breathing on the saxophone, the unusual technique he employs to mesmerizing effect. However, the body is also implied in his sense of queerness, which has helped him create his own sound, blossoming luxuriantly not only on record but also in his striking, embodied performances. Deliberate breath transformed in bounded collaboration with the immediate technology of brass and reed speaks to the cyborg-like quality of Giske’s performances which process a sensual, deeply-felt and lingering beauty with a touch of the superhuman. This is not an act you want to miss!