Norwegian vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Hanne Hukkelberg returns with new music later this year.
Music was always a vital presence in Hanne Hukkelberg’s childhood. She grew up in a family of musicians, her mother was a classical pianist and teacher and her father was a church organist. Hukkelberg’s grandmother and her piano was a central part in this musical upbringing; together they would improvise and practise on the piano before performing together for seniors in the local community. Together with her older brother and sister, she also joined the local church choir from an early age. Inspired by Norwegian liturgical psalms, her grandmother’s piano and her mother’s collection of classical and Slavic staples, Hukkelberg soon started to hum, and strum, and tap on instruments, improvising music and singing.
In her teen years she became the lead singer of metal band Funeral, broadening her musical horizons to include rock, jazz, electronic and experimental music. During her studies, she performed in a variety of metal, prog rock, and free jazz ensembles. Hukkelberg graduated from the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2003, emerging as a vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist with her own fresh take on music. It was also there she met Kåre Chr. Vestrheim – a tutor who would later became one of Hukkelberg’s closest friends and collaborators. Their musical partnership would span more than a decade, with Vestrheim recognising and nurturing Hukkelberg’s a-typical approach to pop music, non-traditional instrumentation – such as kitchen utensils and bicycle spokes – and effortless ability to merge a myriad of genres.
Along with a string of highly acclaimed albums, such as her breakthrough debut LP ‘Little Things’ (2004) to her most recent studio album ‘Trust’ (2017), which was also the first release on her own label Hukkelberg Music, she has toured extensively across Europe and the US. As well as a full European run with Wilco and a performance with Jose Gonzales at New York’s
Bowery Ballroom, she has also performed at SXSW, The Great Escape, Roskilde, Pukkelpop, Eurosonic and was personally invited by Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) to play at his self-curated Meltdown Festival.
Hukkelberg, one of few female producers in Norway, has also been busy producing for other artists, especially focusing on vocal production. Hukkelberg was the vocal producer of the Norwegian Grammy-winning album ‘Tranquille Emilie’ by Emilie Nicolas and Highasakite’s ‘Uranium Heart’, among others.
Hanne Hukkelberg celebrates 15 years as an artist and her unique sound and talent as a songwriter, musician and vocal artist has resulted in great reviews and has gathered fans both in her native Norway as well as in the rest of the world. She has received praise from Pitchfork, BBC, KCRW, The Guardian, Uncut, The Quietus, Clash, amongst others.
Hukkelberg’s acclaimed back catalogue is adored nationally and internationally, including FEATHERBRAIN (2012), BLOOD FROM A STONE (2009), Norwegian Grammy Award-winning RYKESTRASSE 68 (2006) and breakthrough debut LITTLE THINGS (2004). Hukkelberg’s 6th album follows her critically acclaimed, self-produced TRUST (2017).
In 2018, Hukkelberg released the single STARDUST, which was written in LA in collaboration with Halie (No), Victoria Zaro (US), and Brittany B (US), with Hukkelberg as producer and singer. Hukkelberg also released the official score of Norwegian cinema documentary MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY, which won an Amanda Award (Norwegian Oscar) for best Documentary as well as receiving Dragon Award Nordic Documentary Competition Acclaim.