Eldbjørg Raknes SOLO
Voice and more
Eldbjørg Raknes SOLO is Eldbjørg alone on stage with her voice as the core – added by keyboard and/or live sampling, electronics and percussion. She has from the start of her career been working with improvisation and to explore the possibilities of the voice, electronics and live sampling. Filling a room and an entire concert all alone with music involves specific challenges – which Eldbjørg was, and still is, seeking. She did her first full solo concert in 2004, and has thereafter done SOLO concerts in Italy, Portugal, Ukraine, Chile, Hungary, Belgium, Germany, France and the Nordic countries. She has made 4 SOLO albums: SOLO (2006), SENSE (2010), OPEN (2013) and BUMBLEBEE (2019). Her 5th – DOG DAYS – will be released August 2021.
Sound and surroundings
Gradually the concept SOLO gained more and more focus on also letting any room/venue/context, be a genuine and comprehensive basis for encounters between the music, the room/nature, the light/dark … the air, the audience. She has done SOLO concerts in jazz clubs, old and new theatres, philharmonic halls, mountain caves, churches, a fire station, in a river, several forests…and, not to forget : from a paraglider! And: for BABIES, 0-12 months!
Sound designer Tor Breivik is the main audio partner in most live settings – sometimes with a surround set up.
In air, by water, Santiago (Chile), Voss, Bergen – track from “Senses” – video by Pekka Stokke:
“Bumblebee” offers one of Eldbjørg Rakne’s most beautiful songs to date – Performed with nerve, a low-pitched intensity and a formidable voice that creeps under your skin”
…a completely unique musical universe(…)In a mixture of nature sounds, Wurlitzer and Eldbjørg’s strongly present vocals, the audience was invited into and surrounded by a musical rainforest.
All about jazz
Eldbjørg Raknes is pushing the envelope with each new work.
It all loops in together perfectly as a body of work(…)totally unique(…) A magnificent experience if you’re open to new things this will take your breathe away.