Bendik Giske is a Berlin-based queer artist and saxophonist from Norway, whose signature tools of expression include physicality, vulnerability and endurance. He takes the building blocks of electronic music and plays it live in the most human way possible, using little more than his voice, a saxophone, and a few well-placed microphones.
Giske cites Lindstrom’s arpeggio sounds and Evan Parker’s circular breathing as references, and by combining the two extreme sides of the scale, he seamlessly fuses freeform jazz and club music. As a composer, Giske has made original works for dance and theatre, and as a performer, he is as versatile as he is spellbinding.
His debut album Surrender was released on Smalltown Supersound early this year, following the Adjust EP with remixes by Total Freedom and Lotic, as well as Rezzett and Deathprod. Surrender takes listeners on a journey through the euphoria and wanderlust of nights spent in Berlin’s nightlife. With breath, steel and muscle, Giske transmutes his clubbing experience through his saxophone.
Picture by Daniele Fummo