Anja Garbarek

Anja Garbarek (born 24 July 1970 in Oslo, Norway)[1] is a Norwegian singer-songwriter of mixed Norwegian and Polish descent. She was raised in Oslo, Norway.[2]

Anja Garbarek
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Background information
Birth nameAnja Garbarek
Born (1970-07-24) 24 July 1970 (age 50)
OriginOslo, Norway
GenresJazz, electronica, trip hop, experimental
Years active1992–present


Garbarek's debut album, Velkommen Inn (1992), is sung in Norwegian.[3] She subsequently released three original albums containing English lyrics: Balloon Mood (1996), Smiling and Waving (co-produced by Steven Wilson; 2001), and Briefly Shaking (2006).[4] She received the Spellemannsprisen in 2001 for her album Smiling & Waving in the open class category. She was also responsible for the soundtrack to Luc Besson's 2005 film Angel-A, which included music from her albums as well as several new songs composed specifically for the film.[4]

Garbarek collaborated with Mark Hollis of Talk Talk on two of her tracks for the 2001 album Smiling & Waving.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Raised in Oslo, Garbarek is the daughter of the Norwegian jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek.[2]

Garbarek is married to John Mallison,[4] with whom she has one daughter,[4] Emily.



Guest appearancesEdit


  1. ^ "Anja Garbarek: Artist" (in Norwegian). Bransjeregister Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b Molnes, Svein Jarle (2 July 2009). "Anja Garbarek: mørk lyrikk" (in Norwegian). NRK P2. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Garbarek, Anja". Biography (in Norwegian). Norsk musikkinformasjon 6 August 2006. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d "Anja Garbarek." Contemporary Musicians. Vol. 79. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2014. Retrieved via Biography in Context database, 27 May 2017.

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Preceded by
Nils Petter Molvær
Recipient of the Open class Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Sidsel Endresen & Bugge Wesseltoft