Katarina Barruk & Elina Waage Mikalsen Concert

Two groundbreaking Sami artists connect the past with the present.



Photo: Sara Berglund
Doors open 20:00

Katarina Barruk and Elina Waage Mikalsen have worked together for many years. At MUNCH they will melt their sounds together in a new performance, as well as present separate concerts. Together they unite their individual backgrounds from Ume Sámi and Sea Sámi culture and share a mutual desire to create art and music on their own terms. At MUNCH they will invite the audience into their musical worlds, which are anchored in a love of their own culture and the language of music. 

About the musicians

Katarina Barruk’s powerful and ringing voice has built a captive audience over the years. She recently contributed a sound piece to Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, and released her second album, Ruhttuo (Boreal Forest), with Norwegian producers Arnljot Nordvik and Christo Stangness. Barruk was raised in Lusspie (Storuman) and Gajhrege (Gardfjäll), but is currently based in Ubmeje (Umeå). Barruk's distinctive voice and stage presence creates a space of vulnerability and strength. She delivers a fierce, yet down-to-earth mix of pop music, traditional yoik and improvisational elements. In 2020 Barruk received Sweden’s – SKAP Kulturbärarpris. ‘When I perform,’ she says, ‘I see inner images of places, people and events. I try to take the audience with me to those places and to my emotional state.’ 
Elina Waage Mikalsen combines her voice, electronic and self built instruments in a musical space between imagination and reality. Untold stories and cosmologies hover over her work. She treats music as a time machine, moving back and forward between past and present.