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Eldbjørg Raknes (born 9 February 1970 in Midsund, Norway) is a Norwegian jazz vocalist known for her a cappella vocal performances, innovative improvised vocals and electronic effects. She has collaborated with musicians such as Jon Balke, Anders Jormin, Bendik Hofseth, Christian Wallumrød, Arve Henriksen, Ketil Bjørnstad, and Ståle Storløkken.[1] She is the sister of the bassist Steinar Raknes.[2][3][4]

Eldbjørg Raknes
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Eldbjørg Raknes at the Moers Festival 2007
Background information
Born (1970-02-09) 9 February 1970 (age 49)
Midsund, Møre og Romsdal, Norway
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsVocals, piano
LabelsMy Recordings


Raknes was educated in the music program of Atlanten videregående skole (secondary school) in Kristiansund (1986–89), in drama at Romerike Folkehøgskole (Folk high school - 1990), and in the Jazz program at Trondheim Conservatory of Music (1991–94), with specializations in voice pedagogy, arrangement, and composition.[5] As a student she sang with Bodega Band and collaborated with the keyboardist Christian Wallumrød among others. She has also worked with the vocal quartet Kvitretten, with three album releases. She currently works as an instructor in the jazz program at Trondheim Conservatory of Music.[1]

She has toured with Concerts Norway and played at several international jazz festivals in a duo with Anders Jormin as well as a member of groups including Bodega Band, TINGeLING, Søyr, Kvitretten, and Trondheim Voices.[5]

Raknes has her own recording company, "My Recordings" (2006).[2][4]



Solo projects
With others


  1. ^ a b "Eldbjørg Raknes CV - Listen to Norway". Archived from the original on 2016-01-15.
  2. ^ a b "Eldbjørg Raknes Biography -". Store Norske (in Norwegian)
  3. ^ a b "Eldbjørg Raknes vant Buddy-prisen - NRK Trøndelag". (in Norwegian)
  4. ^ a b "Raknes, Eldbjørg Biography -". Archived from the original on 2016-01-15. (in Norwegian)
  5. ^ a b "Eldbjørg Raknes: TINGeLING -". (in Norwegian)
  6. ^ "Eldbjørg fikk Radkas minnepris" (in Norwegian).
  7. ^ "Rolf Gammleng-prisen 2012" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2013-02-22.

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Preceded by
Karl Seglem
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Tore Brunborg
Preceded by
Elin Rosseland
Recipient of the Radka Toneff Memorial Award
Succeeded by
Hanne Hukkelberg
Preceded by
Solveig Slettahjell
Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Olga Konkova