Anneli Drecker

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Anneli Drecker
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Drecker in 2001.
Background information
Birth name Anneli Marian Drecker
Born (1969-02-12) 12 February 1969 (age 49)
Tromsø, Norway
Genres Electronica, pop, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, actor
Instruments Vocals
Labels EMI Records
Capitol/EMI Records
Rune Grammofon
Associated acts Bel Canto, Röyksopp, a-ha

Anneli Marian Drecker (born 12 February 1969, Tromsø, Norway) is a Norwegian singer and actress from the city of Tromsø. She is the frontwoman for the dream pop band Bel Canto. [1]

Tromsø Municipality in Troms, Norway

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Norway constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

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Dream pop is a subgenre of alternative rock and neo-psychedelia that developed in the 1980s. The style is typified by a preoccupation with sonic texture and atmosphere as much as melody. It often overlaps with the related genre of shoegazing, and the two genre terms have at times been used interchangeably.


Life and career

Anneli Drecker at Vossajazz March 2015. Anneli Drecker at Vossajazz 2015.jpg
Anneli Drecker at Vossajazz March 2015.
Anneli Drecker live with her daughter Luna at Vossajazz 2015. Luna og Anneli pa Vossajazz 2015.jpg
Anneli Drecker live with her daughter Luna at Vossajazz 2015.

Drecker's father Peter, a German from Bielefeld, emigrated in 1960 to Norway.

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In the fall of 2006 Bel Canto celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the first album with several concerts. She has released three solo albums, and has provided vocals for various artists including Motorpsycho, Jan Bang, Savoy, a-ha, Röyksopp, Jah Wobble, Ketil Bjørnstad, Simon Raymonde, Mental Overdrive, Illumination and Hector Zazou. [2]

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Jan Bang Sound manager

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Savoy historical region of Europe

Savoy is a cultural region in Central Europe. It comprises roughly the territory of the Western Alps between Lake Geneva in the north and Dauphiné in the south.

Drecker contributed as composer and singer in a production of Pär Lagerkvist's Bøddelen at Det Norske Teatret (2000), [1] and has worked as a freelance actress and composer at Hålogaland Teater from 2009 to 2015.

Pär Lagerkvist Swedish writer

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Det Norske Teatret Norwegian theater

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Hålogaland Teater

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She worked with fellow Norwegians Röyksopp, since 1999-2012 including as the vocalist on the track "Sparks" and as their live vocalist (as heard on their live album Royksopp's Night Out), on three songs on their album Junior . Additionally, she appeared with countrymen a-ha on their Minor Earth, Major Sky Tour and appeared on the live DVD Live from Vallhall and the following album from their European Tour, How Can I Sleep With Your Voice In My Head..

Röyksopp Norwegian music band

Röyksopp are a Norwegian electronic music duo from Tromsø, Troms, formed in 1998. The duo consists of Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland. Røyksopp is the Norwegian word for the class of mushrooms known as puffballs, but the band's name substitutes ö for the second letter.

Sparks (Röyksopp song) single from the Norwegian duo Röyksopp

"Sparks" is the fifth single from the Norwegian duo Röyksopp. It is the last single from Röyksopp's debut album Melody A.M.. The vocals are provided by Norwegian singer Anneli Drecker.

<i>Junior</i> (Röyksopp album) 2009 studio album by Röyksopp

Junior is the third studio album by Norwegian electronic music duo Röyksopp. It was released on 18 March 2009 by Wall of Sound. Prior to its official release, the album was made available for listening on the duo's website on 13 March 2009. Described as a mix between the styles of Röyksopp's two previous studio albums, Melody A.M. (2001) and The Understanding (2005), the album features guest vocals from Scandinavian female singers Robyn, Karin Dreijer, Lykke Li and Anneli Drecker.

In 2004 she was a jury member in the Norwegian version of Pop Idol . She continues to occasionally perform live in Norway. In 2012 Drecker took part in the NRK TV-show Stjernekamp, first season. In 2014 she appeared again on TV2 as one of the artists in the famous series "Hver Gang Vi Møtes".

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On her latest album Rocks And Straws (2015) we are given the home reversion of a journey that began in 1986 with Bel Canto. During the journey, it became increasingly clearer to Drecker where she comes from, and the music she creates is the result of this Nordic arctic acoustic landscape, with influences of music from all around the world. She has composed the music with lyrics based on poems by the Northern Norwegian poet Arvid Hanssen. [3] At the Vossajazz festival 2015, Drecker performed the tune "Little Tree" from this album, with her daughter Luna (b. 2006).





Solo albums


From Tundra
From Frolic
From Rocks & Straws

Music videos

Bel Canto


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  1. 1 2 Bel Canto (in Norwegian). Store Norske Leksikon.
  2. 1 2 "Drecker, Anneli - Biography" (in Norwegian). Norsk Musikkinformasjon. Archived from the original on 2014-04-07.
  3. "Anneli Drecker - release concert".]]. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
  4. "Anneli Drecker - You Don't Have To Change". YouTube. 2007-07-11. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
Preceded by
Jan Gunnar Hoff
Recipient of the Nordlysprisen
Succeeded by
Ragnar Rasmussen
Preceded by
Lene Marlin
Recipient of the Open class Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Malika Makouf Rasmussen