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In Norway, Anneli Drecker is known as the Queen of Arctic Electronica. Her ethereal voice became known through the music of her band, Bel Canto. At age 17, Anneli left her Arctic home town of Tromsø with band members Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere) and Nils Johansen, for the pulsating indie scene in Bruxelles. Signed to the legendary Belgian label Crammed discs along with Zap Mama and Tuxedomoon, Bel Canto captured the Zeitgeist of European electronic music in the late eighties. In 2012, Anneli  returned to her own music with the solo record Rocks and Straws (2015),  a homecoming song, an ode to her native town and region. Tromsø sits deep in the Arctic but still has a very vivid cultural life and is home to many of the great artists from Norway. The long, arctic winters have no sun, but there is still light – the glassy blue of the dusk-like midday glow in the south, and the flickering green and red aurora that can be seen across the horizon on many days. In 2016 Anneli joined A-ha for their final european tour, performing as support and singing back up with the band. Photo: Stian Andersen.


With her new album Revelation for Personal Use, Anneli Drecker again has returned home to Tromsø, Northern Norway and the Arctic. The launch of her acclaimed previous album Rocks & Straws led to three Grammy nominations, a long series of gigs and international releases culminating in a support gig for a-ha in the O2 Arena in London in front of 10,000 people.

The songs of Revelation for Personal Use ... are again based on texts by Arvid Hanssen, the beloved northern Norwegian cult poet. The poems have been translated into English by Roy-Frode Løvland, a poet and musician who also live on Hanssens home island, Dyrøy. Where the last album dealt with man's encounter with nature in the North, Revelation increasingly touches an inner landscape. During recording, Anneli experienced a career highlight tour with a-ha, but also serious illness and death within her family and circle of friends, and these contrasts have characterized the process and the themes of the album. The poems of the album depicts life during polar nights and life under the midnight sun, both concretely and metaphorically.

 


Albumet Rocks and Straws var Anneli Dreckers hjemvendelse fra en reise som startet i 1986. Eventyret Bel Canto, et norsk - nord-norsk - band som gjorde suksess i hele Europa og etter hvert ble gitt ut på en majorlabel i USA.

Med det nyeste albumet Revelation for Personal Use har Anneli Drecker igjen vendt hjem til Tromsø, Nord-Norge, og Arktis. Lanseringen av hennes kritikerroste forrige album Rocks & Straws førte til tre Spellemannsnominasjoner, en lang rekke spillejobber og internasjonal lansering som kulminerte med oppvarmingsjobb for a-ha i O2 Arena i London for 10.000 mennesker. Som på Rocks & Straws er altså sangene på Revelation... basert på tekster av Arvid Hanssen, den folkekjære Nordnorske kultdikteren kjent for tekster som ”Slipesteinstankar” og ”Grønne Lauv i Snyen”, i tillegg til lysere dikt som ”Kom Sommarvind.” Diktene er oversatt til engelsk av Roy-Frode Løvland, en dikter og musiker som har sitt virke på Hanssens hjemsted Dyrøy.  Der den forrige plata tok for seg menneskets møte med naturen i Nord, berører Revelations i større grad et indre landskap. Anneli har i løpet av innspillingen opplevd karrieremessige høydepunkt som a-ha-turné og bestillingsverk med Carte Blanche, men også  alvorlig sykdom og dødsfall i familien og vennekretsen, og disse kontrastene har preget prosessen og tematikken på albumet. I diktene på plata skildres livet i mørketida og livet under midnattssola, både i konkret og metaforisk betydning.

 

Live band 2017:

Rune Arnesen - trommer

Kjetil Dallande - bass

Eivind Aarset / Roger Ludvigsen- gitar

Sindre Hotvedt - keyboards

Jane Kelly - backing vocals


ANNELI DRECKER - REVELATION FOR PERSONAL USE

With Revelation for Personal Use, Anneli Drecker again has returned home to Tromsø, Northern Norway and the Arctic. The launch of her acclaimed previous album Rocks & Straws led to three Grammy nominations, a long series of gigs and international releases culminating in a support gig for a-ha in the O2 Arena in London in front of 10,000 people.

The songs of Revelation for Personal Use ... are again based on texts by Arvid Hanssen, the beloved northern Norwegian cult poet. The poems have been translated into English by Roy-Frode Løvland, a poet and musician who also live on Hanssens home island, Dyrøy. Where the last album dealt with man's encounter with nature in the North, Revelation increasingly touches an inner landscape. During recording, Anneli experienced a career highlight tour with a-ha, but also serious illness and death within her family and circle of friends, and these contrasts have characterized the process and the themes of the album. The poems of the album depicts life during polar nights and life under the midnight sun, both concretely and metaphorically.

"Breathtakingly beautiful", "magical", "epic", "magnificent" and "instantly memorable" were among the words used in reviews of her much applauded comeback album "Rocks & Straws" from 2015, her first in 10 years. Brimming with memorable melodies, subtle arrangements, evocative lyrics, strong musicianship and a vital album production, it showed a mature and confident artist moving in a somewhat surprising direction, given her background in electronic music with Bel Canto, Röyksopp and her first solo efforts. It would be no mean feat to follow up the huge artistic success of "Rocks & Straws", but to our ears "Revelation For Personal Use" is an improvement on all accounts. It is also very much a follow-up, an ode to her native town and region, and again with all the songs being based on lyrics by local cult poet Arvid Hanssen and translated to English by artist and writer Roy-Frode Løvland. Anneli has written the album's eight lovely songs, plays piano and keyboards and has produced the album. It largely moves in the same musical landscape as the previous album, with the Arctic Philharmonic present on six tracks and string arranger Sindre Hotvedt, guitarist Eivind Aarset and drummer Rune Arnesen on board again. If anything, a couple of the tracks show a slightly sharper rock edge than its predecessor.

Som på Rocks & Straws er altså sangene på Revelation... basert på tekster av Arvid Hanssen, den folkekjære Nordnorske kultdikteren kjent for tekster som ”Slipesteinstankar” og ”Grønne Lauv i Snyen”, i tillegg til lysere dikt som ”Kom Sommarvind.” Diktene er oversatt til engelsk av Roy-Frode Løvland, en dikter og musiker som har sitt virke på Hanssens hjemsted Dyrøy.  Der den forrige plata tok for seg menneskets møte med naturen i Nord, berører Revelations i større grad et indre landskap. Anneli har i løpet av innspillingen opplevd karrieremessige høydepunkt som a-ha-turné og bestillingsverk med Carte Blanche, men også alvorlig sykdom og dødsfall i familien og vennekretsen, og disse kontrastene har preget prosessen og tematikken på albumet. I diktene på plata skildres livet i mørketida og livet under midnattssola, både i konkret og metaforisk betydning.

 

ANNELI DRECKER - ROCKS AND STRAWS

Rocks and Straws is based on lyrics by the North Norwegian cult poet Arvid Hanssen, translated into English by artist and writer Roy-Frode Løvland. Hanssens poems are strongly influenced by the mysterious and powerful nature of this arctic region, like the writings of Knut Hamsun, born only a few miles from Hanssens birthplace. Man and nature, and man in nature – Hanssen captures the interaction of Northern Norwegians with their merciless but beautiful surroundings, and the sometimes-deadpan observations that follow.

It is a great personal pleasure for Anneli to make Hanssens work known to a wider audience, especially outside of Norway, as he has had a great influence on her. In 1982, as a child, she starred in a major motion picture based on Hanssens book Søsken på Guds jord (Siblings on God’s Earth). She met Hanssen during the shoot, and he and his works made a great impression on her.

Rocks and Straws is influenced by the arctic soundscapes that Anneli has always carried with her, but is above all an acoustic record. In a world of ever-simpler electronic recordings she has moved in the other direction, and made a record based on recording techniques from the seventies. The music is played live, acoustically, with the best musicians Norway (and the world?) can offer: Eivind Aarset, guitar God and well known for his collaborations with Nils Petter Molvær, and Rune Arnesen, infamous drummer who has played with everyone, are the musical backbone of the album. Ole Vegard Skauge, acclaimed bass player of Röyksopp, and Tromsø's orchestra, The Arctic Philharmonic, also contribute to the album.  Apart from singing Anneli plays the piano and organ, and has produced the recording with the musicians. As a Ph. D. candidate at the Arctic University of Tromsø, she is doing a research project on the voice techniques of indigenous people, and this is apparent especially in the song Ocean´s Organ, with a Maori group singing kapa haka songs that Anneli recorded while in Auckland, New Zealand. The title refers to the voices of sailors that have drowned in the ocean, a subject that the Maori singers could easily relate to. A global reference. Something that we all are connected to: Water. And rocks. And straws.

Albumet Rocks And Straws er basert på dikt av den nord-norske kultpoeten Arvid Hanssen, oversatt til engelsk av Roy-Frode Løvland. Diktene har sterke innslag av naturmystikk, men tar også for seg mennesket og naturen, og mennesket i naturen. Anneli opplever det som befriende å ikke synge ”jeg-meg-du-deg”-tekster, men heller ta for seg noe større, noe som alle deler. Hanssen har hatt stor innflytelse på Anneli. I 1982 spilte hun hovedrollen i spillefilmen ”Søsken på Guds jord”, basert på Hanssens bok av samme navn, og hun fikk anledning til å møte ham under innspillingen. Det er derfor en stor personlig glede for Anneli å gjøre diktene hans kjent for et bredere publikum, særlig i utlandet.


ANMELDELSER:

Det er ikke et popelektronisk dansealbum som prøver å bevise at de gamle er eldst for dem som nå bruker Bel Canto som inspirasjon.
I stedet er det et organisk og velbalansert, voksent tilbakelent album som tar overraskende vendinger. Fylt av strykere og dyktige instrumenteringer, uten å være i nærheten av noe kan kategorisere som «kunstmusikk. MER

De største inspirasjonskildene framstår først og fremst som om de kan ha vært Kate Bush? «Aerial» og «50 Words of Snow», spesielt på «Rain».
Det er umiddelbart vakkert. Besnærende. Kanskje til og med litt eksotisk på nordnorskmystisk vis, lett å la seg fortape i stemningen.
Samtidig er det også ekstremt variert, og dessverre også av og til kjedelig. Med sine hiv- og hoi-rop minner «Ocean's Organ» litt for mye om åpningsscenen i «Frost», mens tittellåten «Rocks and Straws» er en småfjollete og småbarokk greie det er vanskelig å helt skjønne motivasjonen til for en som ikke er vokst opp med å få Arvid Hanssen intravenøst. MER

 

ANNELI DRECKER - FROLIC

Anneli Drecker har åpenbart laget dette albumet for å more seg. Hun beskriver Frolic som en "sirkelen-er-sluttet"-plate. Med det mener hun den elektroniske 80-tallspopen, og snakker entusiastisk om artister vi trodde var glemt for alltid: Fad Gadget, Blancmange, Lene Lovich, Yazoo … det rare og det kantete, det frekke og det elegante, de analoge synthenes naive æra. Der Anneli jobber i sitt Zabla Kabla-studio i Oslo, står en gammel minimoog med sine digre knapper og brytere, som et vitne fra en svunnen ADSR-tid. Det var en tid preget av en underlig uskyld, da et spennende sound og en god idé veide tyngre enn detaljerte markedsstrategier og bimbo-spekkede videoer.

Musikken på Frolic har noe av både denne uskylden og av den musikalske modenheten Anneli har nådd etter at hun fylte 30. Anneli debuterte som solartist med Tundra i 2000, og siden har det blitt to album til med Bel Canto (Retrospect og Dorothy's Victory), to verdensturneer med a-ha og et samarbeid med Röyksopp både på turneer og på plate (Anneli komponerte og sang på singelen "Sparks"). Hun kan håndverket sitt nå. Frolic er skrevet, arrangert, programmert, produsert og co-produsert av Anneli, som også er ansvarlig for keyboards, samples … og sang, selvfølgelig.

Ikke fordi hun er venneløs. Anneli Drecker er blitt selve divaen i det legendariske miljøet for elektronisk musikk i Tromsø, og her dukker de opp for å vise sin respekt. Röyksopp har produsert den første singelen "You Don't Have to Change" sammen med Anneli. Andre viktige partnere på albumet er Gaute Barlindhaug (programmering, keyboards, co-produksjon), også kjent som Kolar Goi, og Raymond Hansen (programmering, keyboards, co-produksjon), som bruker artistnavnet Syntax Erik. Begge er fra Tromsø. Multiinstrumentalisten Hans Peter Lindstrøm og Jonas Lie Theis (programmering, keyboards, co-produksjon) kompletterer den harde kjernen av gode hjelpere.

 "It's a cool wind, it's a cool world," as she sings here on Frolic, her second solo album. It's not completely metaphorical, either. Anneli hails from Tromsø in Norway, far above the Arctic circle at 70 degrees Northern latitude. This city, home to the northernmost university in the world, is a place where the sun is swallowed up by mythical beasts three months a year, while spectral northern lights ripple through the darkness. It is also the hometown of the most vital electronic music scene in Scandinavia, of which Anneli is the undisputed queen.

Anneli Drecker's beautiful, haunting and unique voice is sometimes compared to Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins, though her range and vocal control is far superior. A more feminine Annie Lennox, is another fair comparison.

That voice was first heard in 1987, when Tromsø trio Bel Canto released their debut album White-Out Conditions on Brussels label Crammed Discs. The young, talented singer already, at fifteen, had held a leading part in a major Norwegian motion picture.

The way Anneli describes it, her musical awakening was tied to discovering the third Depeche Mode single, "Just Can't Get Enough", in her older brother's record collection. Now, twenty years later, some of this debt is being repaid. Anneli, now an accomplished composer, arranger and computer programmer in her own right, has dug into the early-to-mid-eighties' bag of tricks for the sounds and grooves of Frolic. That old mini-moog in her studio isn't just a decoration detail. She describes Frolic as being a "back to my roots" or "full circle" album, and starts reminiscing about artists we thought were long forgotten: Fad Gadget, Blancmange, Lene Lovich, Yazoo … and Depeche Mode, of course, though hardly forgotten. Their long-time producer Gareth Jones is a collaborator on Frolic.

TORGRIM EGGEN. MER

ANNELI DRECKER - TUNDRA

I 1999 gikk Anneli igang med et soloprosjekt. Under prosjekttittelen «Tundra» har hun komponert et knippe låter som er arrangert for fremførelse med symfoniorkester. Prosjektet hadde urfremføring i Tromsø under Nordisk Kvinnekonferanse 1999, og i september gikk hun i studio for å legge musikken på plate. Albumet var ferdig innspilt rundt nyttår, og ble sluppet mandag 27. mars. Første single, ”All I know” ble sluppet i slutten av februar.
Alt materiale er produsert og skrevet av Anneli, og spesielt utvalgte musikere har bidratt til plata. Torbjørn Brundtland (Those Norwegians, Drum Island, Røyksopp) har gjort programmering på hele plata, Martin Horntvedt (Jaga Jazzist) har spilt slagverk, Bent og Snah (Motorpsycho) har kompet og Sivert (Madrugada) har lagt bidratt med vokal. Praha symfoniorkester har for øvrig medvirket på 6 av sporene. NRK. MER

- I wasn't ready for this, slik lyder Anneli Dreckers åpningsreplikk. Og det skal være visst vi ikke var! Anneli Drecker alias Andrew Lloyd Webber... sammen med Praha-symfonikerne?! Ta det med ro. Alt faller på plass. Bel Cantos frontfigur har begått et uhyre ambisiøst album. Et tittelkutt i samisk språkdrakt sier kanskje sitt? Fy!, vil sikkert noen si - det er da ikke slik ei pop-stjerne med internasjonalt potensiale skal opptre! Skal ikke de synge på engelsk? Det låter glimrende, og Angelique Kidjo ble kanskje ikke stjerne ved å synge engelsk...?

Symfonikerne med sete Praha deltar på bortimot halvparten av låtene, men ganske snart blir lydbildet prega av Ulf W. Ø. Holands og Torbjørn Brundtlands elektro-inntreden. Helhetsinntrykket blir således moderne pop, på sitt mest "kommersielle" i landskapet der William Orbit & Madonna befinner seg. To av platas høydepunkt kommer ved hjelp av trompetister. Sjur Miljeteigs innsats er med på å gjøre "Fire Alarm" til pop-hektende - vedkommende som kom opp med dette riffet har virkelig skjønt hva minimalistisk tenking kan bety. Likeså gjør Nils Petter Molvær - ikke uventa - underverker med "Still Waters". Hvilken sjanger skal man plassere slikt i; der rock/techno-vokalisten mixes med en utflippa jazztrompeter og The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra?

Albumet avsluttes med en vokalprestasjon av de helt sjeldne; en desperat Anneli Drecker synger opp mot fioliner som spiller Østens skalaer... Vidunderlig. Dette er virkelig etnisk pop, slik - og like bra! Arild Rønsen,PULS. MER

 

ANNELI DRECKER BIO

In Norway, Anneli Drecker is known as the Queen of Arctic Electronica. Her ethereal voice became known through the music of her band, Bel Canto. At age 17, Anneli left her Arctic home town of Tromsø with band members Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere) and Nils Johansen, for the pulsating indie scene in Bruxelles. Signed to the legendary Belgian label Crammed discs along with Zap Mama and Tuxedomoon, Bel Canto captured the Zeitgeist of European electronic music in the late eighties. Their two first albums, White Out Conditions and Birds Of Passage were released internationally through Nettwerk and IRS/MCA, and later, in the 90´s, they were signed to Sony France and Lava/Atlantic Records. Bel Canto toured France, the Benelux and Germany many times from 88-94 and also became the winner of Rock En France in 1991. They have won the Norwegian Grammy award “Spellemannsprisen” three times, and are regarded as the great pioneers in the Norwegian electronic pop music scene.

With her characteristic experimental singing style, often compared to such wonderful singers as Lisa Gerrard and Liz Fraser, Anneli has had the possibility to collaborate with many great artists. She participated in projects with Hector Zazou, Jah Wobble, Gavin Friday, DJ Krush, Tim Simenon, Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins, and Guy Sigsworth. Anneli has also cooperated with ECM artist Ketil Bjørnstad and recorded three albums based on poems by John Donne and Hart Crane. Few can claim that they have been singing duets with Morten Harket, but Anneli joined a-ha on two world tours as their guest singer. In 1999, Röyksopp - consisting of Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge, also  from Tromsø - released their debut album Melody AM. As Torbjørn had been a co-producer and live member of Bel Canto for a couple of years and also a co-producer of Anneli´s first solo album Tundra, it was natural for them to have Anneli as their singer when they went out on what would be the start of one of Norway´s biggest pop adventures. The song Sparks, which Anneli wrote with Svein and Torbjørn was the third single from Melody AM and featured on several movies and tv-series. She continued working with Röyksopp for more than ten years, touring the world and co-writing several songs with Svein and Torbjørn including True To Life, Vision One and You Don’t Have A Clue.

In 2012, Anneli left Röyksopp to return to her own music, and her new solo record, Rocks and Straws, is a homecoming song, an ode to her native town and region. Tromsø sits deep in the Arctic but still has a very vivid cultural life and is home to many of the great artists from Norway. The long, arctic winters have no sun, but there is still light – the glassy blue of the dusk-like midday glow in the south, and the flickering green and red aurora that can be seen across the horizon on many days.

Rocks and Straws is based on lyrics by the North Norwegian cult poet Arvid Hanssen, translated into English by artist and writer Roy-Frode Løvland. Hanssens poems are strongly influenced by the mysterious and powerful nature of this arctic region, like the writings of Knut Hamsun, born only a few miles from Hanssens birthplace. Man and nature, and man in nature – Hanssen captures the interaction of Northern Norwegians with their merciless but beautiful surroundings, and the sometimes-deadpan observations that follow.

It is a great personal pleasure for Anneli to make Hanssens work known to a wider audience, especially outside of Norway, as he has had a great influence on her. In 1982, as a child, she starred in a major motion picture based on Hanssens book Søsken på Guds jord (Siblings on God’s Earth). She met Hanssen during the shoot, and he and his works made a great impression on her.

Rocks and Straws is influenced by the arctic soundscapes that Anneli has always carried with her, but is above all an acoustic record. In a world of ever-simpler electronic recordings she has moved in the other direction, and made a record based on recording techniques from the seventies. The music is played live, acoustically, with the best musicians Norway (and the world?) can offer: Eivind Aarset, guitar God and well known for his collaborations with Nils Petter Molvær, and Rune Arnesen, infamous drummer who has played with everyone, are the musical backbone of the album. Ole Vegard Skauge, acclaimed bass player of Röyksopp, and Tromsø's orchestra, The Arctic Philharmonic, also contribute to the album.  Apart from singing Anneli plays the piano and organ, and has produced the recording with the musicians. As a Ph. D. candidate at the Arctic University of Tromsø, she is doing a research project on the voice techniques of indigenous people, and this is apparent especially in the song Ocean´s Organ, with a Maori group singing kapa haka songs that Anneli recorded while in Auckland, New Zealand. The title refers to the voices of sailors that have drowned in the ocean, a subject that the Maori singers could easily relate to. A global reference. Something that we all are connected to: Water. And rocks. And straws. The album ”Rocks & Straws” is released throughout Europe on Rune Grammofon on April 24. 2015, and rest of world July 10th, 2015 (digital first, then CD and LP in fall).

With Revelation for Personal Use, Anneli Drecker again has returned home to Tromsø, Northern Norway and the Arctic. The launch of her acclaimed previous album Rocks & Straws led to three Grammy nominations, a long series of gigs and international releases culminating in a support gig for a-ha in the O2 Arena in London in front of 10,000 people. The songs of Revelation for Personal Use ... are again based on texts by Arvid Hanssen, the beloved northern Norwegian cult poet. The poems have been translated into English by Roy-Frode Løvland, a poet and musician who also live on Hanssens home island, Dyrøy. Where the last album dealt with man's encounter with nature in the North, Revelation increasingly touches an inner landscape. During recording, Anneli experienced a career highlight tour with a-ha, but also serious illness and death within her family and circle of friends, and these contrasts have characterized the process and the themes of the album. The poems of the album depicts life during polar nights and life under the midnight sun, both concretely and metaphorically.

 

Photo: Stian Andersen

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Kongsberg, Norge

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Sortland, Norge

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Buktafestivalen

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Oslo, Norway

Norwegian Wood

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13
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Oslo, Norway

Universitetsplassen

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12
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Oslo, Norway

Universitetets Aula

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Oslo, Norway

Den Norske Opera

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Trondheim, Norge

Olavsfestdagene Nidorasdomen

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10
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Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger Konserthus

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Bergen, Norway

Grieghallen

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Oslo, Norway

Bar og Bistro

Feb
10
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Andenes, Norway

Hisnakul

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9
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Kolbotn, Norway

Kolben kulturhus

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28
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Bodø, Norway

Sinus

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11
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London, UK

Rich Mix

Nov
26
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Berlin, Germany

Watergate

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11
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Finnsnes, Norway

Kulturhuset Finnsnes

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10
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Sandnessjøen, Norway

Kulturbadet

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24
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Mo I Rana, Norway

Smelteverket

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Os, Norway

Oseana kunst og kultursenter

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Kulturhuset Tromsø

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