Ane Brun Biography
She moved from her home town in 1995 and spend the next few years moving between Barcelona, Oslo and Bergen. In Bergen she began writing her own material while at university (jumping between courses in Spanish, law and music) as well as making a living working in record shops and bars.
After playing a few minor shows and recording her first demos in Bergen in 1999, she moved first to Uppsala and then to Stockholm in 2001, where she started to take her musical career seriously.
Ane recorded her debut album ‘Spending Time with Morgan’ in 2002 in both Stockholm and back in Uppsala, with engineers and producers Katharina Nuttall, Cécile Grudet and Kim Nelson. It was released on the label, DetErMine, which she formed with Ellekari Larsson from Swedish band The Tiny. The debut album came out in 11 European countries in 2003 through a licence/distribution deal with V2 Music.
After releasing the first album Ane toured around Europe but soon took some time out. She had been working intensively for two years and felt somewhat burnt out and in need of a break. After a six month breather she started touring around Europe again and within the next year had her second album ready. ‘A Temporary Dive’ was again produced by Katharina Nuttall and was released in 2005 throughout Europe, the US, Japan and Australia.
This album took the darker themes of ‘Spending Time With Morgan’ further, through songs like “The Fight Song” and title track ‘A Temporary Dive’ but there was also space for the lighter ‘Song no 6’, a duet with Ron Sexsmith.
‘A Temporary Dive’ was well received all over the world, especially by the press, and it picked up many rave reviews in magazines and newspapers from Time Magazine to The Independent. She received award nominations from all over Europe too, and that year took home the Norwegian Grammy for Best Female Artist.
After enjoying the collaboration on the previous few duets she had recorded, Ane was inspired to ask some artists whom she adored to sing with her on a full album called, of course, ‘Duets’. This album was released in November 2005 and besides another recording with Ron Sexsmith it also included songs with artists such as Syd Matters and Teitur. It was a collaboration with the band Madrugada on the single ‘Lift Me’ that gained her another Norwegian Grammy for the shelf at home
Ane spent much of the next couple of years touring the world in many different stage arrangements. She’s played with a full band including string section, just herself and string section at times, sometimes just a cello, perhaps with one backing vocalist – or maybe three. Of course it all started with her and the acoustic guitar, so she often ends up coming back to these solo performances too. “There is something about the focus in playing by myself that fascinates me”, she says. “There’s nothing to hide behind when I’m alone on stage and it becomes almost meditative for me when I play.”
One of her tours was with a string quintet, and it was recorded and released as ‘Live In Scandinavia’ (2007) and featured Nina Kinert and the guitarist Staffan Johansson. The album includes songs from Ane’s first two albums with new string arrangements by Malene Bay-Foged.
The next year she released her third studio album, ‘The Changing of the Seasons’ which was produced by Icelandic Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Múm, Coco Rosie). It includes string arrangements by American composer Nico Muhly (Antony and the Johnsons, Grizzly Bear, ‘The Reader’ Soundtrack).
Back on the road, a concert at the Stockholm Concert Hall was filmed and released as a live DVD in 2009. Also in this year came the album ‘Sketches’ which included acoustic, demo versions of the songs on ‘Changing of the Seasons’. The ‘Sketches’ tour featured a stripped down, sparse sound and now touring with musicians Rebekka Karijord, Jennie Abrahamson and Linnea Olsson, there were memorable gigs in places such as the Union Chapel in London.
Late in 2009 Ane organised the ‘No More Lullabies’ concert to bring attention to the issues of climate justice. She assembled 24 well-known Swedish artists such as Robyn, Loney Dear, Titiyo and Benny Andersson of ABBA to take part in seven hours of live music and visuals to mark the International Day of Climate Action (October 24th). They succeeded in making some noise on the issue before the upcoming COP15 conference.
In 2011 she will release a new album named It All Starts With One. The album is produced by Tobias Fröberg, and should have been recorded 2010, but was postponed when both Peter Gabriel and Ani Difranco – two artists who have meant a lot to Ane – asked her to join them on their tours.
Peter Gabriel collaboration with the Scandinavian singer/songwriter continues on his next album New Blood, due to be released this year.
The first single ”Do You Remember” from Ane Brun’s upcoming album was released on the 17th of May 2011.