Norwegian vocal artist Eldbjørg Raknes has created a sonic universe of her own. On every new release of her's, the solo album OPEN is already her 25th, she explores new and deeper sounds, nuances and colors. On the new album she focuses on the relation of the music and its raw, primal sounds and voices to the rooms, spaces and surroundings, indoors and outdoors, and how music is framed in relation to the audiences. Raknes is assisted by another fearless musician, sound technician (and drummer) Audun Kleive, who captured Raknes detailed sonic journey inside his apartment ...read more
Trondheim, Norway-based Eldbjørg Raknes never ceases to explore and expand her art. In this solo album, the 23rd in her discography, the innovative vocal artist explores the dense interplay between vocal utterance in its most basic forms, free-form texts and intuitive improvisation that culminates in an organic and highly personal manner of composition. Raknes is assisted by guitarist and sound sculptor Stian Westerhus , her collaborator in her previous release From Frozen Feet Heat Came. On this album she focuses on vocal improvisation in different rooms, recording it at different locations: a school; a small wooden room ...read more
Trondheim-based voice artist Eldbjorg Raknes, like fellow Norwegian voice artist Sidsel Endresen, has developed a highly personal and non-literary vocal language over the last fifteen years. Like Endresen, with whom Raknes collaborated on Gack! (Jazzland, 1999), with the all-vocal improvisation trio ESE also featuring Elin Rosseland, Raknes is constantly pushing the musical envelope with each new work. On her last releases Solo and I Live Suddenly (My Recordings, 2006), she chose to interpret poems by Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge and by Paul Celan and Robert Frost. On From Frozen Feet Heat Came she chooses to experiment with spontaneous improvisations ...read more
Norwegian singer and music educator Eldbjørg Raknes specialises in setting poetry by other writers to her own music. She began her career collaborating with keyboard player Christian Wallumrød and trumpeter Arve Henriksen, and later sang with vocal groups featuring other notable Norwegian vocalists like Sidsel Endresen, Solveig Slettahjell and Kristin Asbjørnsen.
Raknes has been releasing her own albums since 1997, with her band Tingeling and as a solo artist, offering idiosyncratic interpretations of works by Frederico Garcia Lorca, Kurt Schwitters, William Carlos Williams and Swedish poet Karin Boye, among others. Her two latest discs, released simultaneously on her new label, ...read more