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Bel Canto

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New music from the pioneers of Arctic electronica.

This spring, Bel Canto will release the album Radiant Green. It will be the first time in over two decades that new music has come from the award-winning duo. 

The group was formed in Tromsø in 1985 by vocalist Anneli Drecker, multi-instrumentalist Nils Johansen, and Geir Jenssen on synth and programming. Together they created a sound where atmospheric and melancholic tones met elements of folk music from various corners of the world, in what was often referred to as the beginning of the Arctic electronica wave. Bel Canto's music and charismatic front figure quickly gained attention beyond national borders. 

After two albums, Jenssen went solo under the name Biosphere. Bel Canto, now a duo with Drecker and Johansen, truly broke through with the album Shimmering Warm and Bright in 1992, an album for which they also won the group's first of three Spellemann awards. In total, they released six albums until 2002, when Drecker and Johansen also pursued solo projects and collaborated with partners such as Röyksopp, a-ha, Ketil Bjørnstad, and the group Vajas.

On the new album, Bel Canto is reunited with Geir Jenssen on two of the tracks, and with Gilles Martin, who co-produced the group's first two albums. Matias Tellez has mixed several of the songs.

Photo: Knut Åserud

Last Updated: 04/13/2024

Source: Visit Bergen

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