|Birth name||Ane Kvien Brunvoll|
|Born||10 March 1976|
|Genres||Folk, pop, art pop|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Labels||DetErMine, Balloon Ranger Recordings, V2, Cheap Lullaby (USA)|
Ane Brun (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈɑ̂ːnə ˈbrʉːn]; born Ane Brunvoll on 10 March 1976) is a Norwegian songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist of Sami origin. Since 2003, she has recorded ten albums, eight of which are studio albums of original material (including a collection of duets), an acoustic album, and a covers album; she has also released three live albums, two compilations, one live DVD, and four EPs. She has lived in Stockholm, Sweden, since 2001, where she writes, records, and runs her own label (Balloon Ranger Recordings).
Early life and education
Ane Brunvoll is the daughter of lawyer Knut Anker Brunvoll (b. 1945) and jazz singer and pianist Inger Johanne Brunvoll (b. Kvien 1945). She grew up in a musical family in Molde, Norway. Her younger sister is singer Mari Kvien Brunvoll (b. 1984). Her older brother is photographer Bjørn Brunvoll (b. 1973).
In 1995, she moved to study at the University of Bergen, jumping between courses in Spanish, law, and music. In Bergen, she began writing her own material. She spent the next few years moving between Barcelona, Oslo, and Bergen while 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 to Sweden, first to Uppsala and then to Stockholm in 2001, where she started to take her musical career seriously.
Brun 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 DetErMine label, which she formed with Ellekari Larsson from the Swedish band The Tiny. The album was released in 11 European countries in 2003 through a licence/distribution deal with V2 Music.
After releasing her first album, Brun 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, followed by the UK and the US in 2006, and in Japan in 2007. 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, picking up good 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 Spellemannpris, the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammies, for Best Female Artist.
After enjoying the collaboration on the previous few duets she had recorded, Brun was inspired to ask some artists whom she adored to sing with her on a full album called 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. The collaboration with the band Madrugada on the single "Lift Me" gained her another Norwegian Grammy.
Brun spent much of the next couple of years touring the world in many different stage arrangements. She has played with a full band including string section, just herself and string section at times, sometimes just a cello, and one backing vocalist or three. She often ends up coming back to solo acoustic guitar performances. "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, recorded and released as Live in Scandinavia (2007) and featured Nina Kinert and the guitarist Staffan Johansson. It includes songs from Brun's first two albums with new string arrangements by Malene Bay-Foged.
Later work, 2008–2013
In 2008, Brun released her third studio album, Changing of the Seasons, which was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson. It included string arrangements by American composer Nico Muhly (Antony and the Johnsons, Grizzly Bear, The Reader soundtrack). Later the same year came the album Sketches, which included acoustic demo versions of the songs from Changing of the Seasons. The Sketches tour featured a stripped down, sparse sound, this time touring with musicians Rebekka Karijord, Jennie Abrahamson, and Linnea Olsson; there were memorable gigs in places such as the Union Chapel in London.
Back on the road, a concert at the Stockholm Concert Hall was filmed and released as an album and live DVD in 2009. Later that year, Brun 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 on 24 October 2009. They succeeded in drawing attention to the issue before the upcoming COP15 conference.
Brun featured as one of the guests on Peter Gabriel's 2011 studio album New Blood, singing Kate Bush's part on the re-recorded version of "Don't Give Up", recorded in 2010. She was subsequently invited to perform with him as support act and back-up singer on the New Blood tour throughout 2010.
In late 2011, Brun released her sixth studio album, It All Starts with One, produced by Tobias Fröberg.
In May 2013, Brun released a 32-track collection of songs from her first 10 years in the music industry, entitled Songs 2003–2013, which included four new songs. In October 2013, she released a 20-track collection of covers and outtakes entitled Rarities without pre-promotion.
In 2015, Brun released her seventh studio album, titled When I'm Free. This was followed in 2017 by Leave Me Breathless, a collection of covers of songs by diverse artists including Foreigner, Mariah Carey, and Radiohead. In 2020, the artist released two albums of original material in close succession. At first intended to be a double album, they were issued separately as After the Great Storm in October and How Beauty Holds the Hand of Sorrow in November. The two albums were nominated for IMPALA's European Independent Album of the Year Award.
|Ane Brun discography|
|2003||Spending Time with Morgan||19||–||–||–||–||–|
|2005||A Temporary Dive||1||–||–||–||–||12||
|2008||Changing of the Seasons||1||–||–||–||48||2||
|2011||It All Starts with One||1||67||36||159||13||1||
|2015||When I'm Free||4||72||–||–||12||3|
|2017||Leave Me Breathless||3
|2020||After the Great Storm||15
|How Beauty Holds the Hand of Sorrow||17
|2007||Live in Scandinavia||11||12|
|2009||Live at Stockholm Concert Hall||7||5|
|2018||Live at Berdwardhallen
(with the Swedish RSO and Hans Ek)
- 2001: What I Want
- 2001: Wooden Body
- 2004: My Lover Will Go
- 2012: Do You Remember
- 2009: Live at Stockholm Concert Hall (also released as an album in Sweden)
|2004||"Song No. 6"
feat. Ron Sexsmith
|–||–||–||A Temporary Dive|
|2005||"My Lover Will Go"||–||–||39|
|2006||"Rubber & Soul"
|–||–||–||A Temporary Dive|
|2008||"Big in Japan"||–||–||3||Bonus track on |
Changing of the Seasons
|"Headphone Silence" (Henrik Schwarz/DF Remix)||–||–||–||Spending Time with Morgan|
|2012||"Fly on the Windscreen"
feat. Vince Clarke
|2013||"Oh Love"||23||–||–||It All Starts with One|
|2014||"One Last Try"||–||–||–||Do You Remember|
with Dustin O'Halloran
|–||–||–||Puzzle (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|"Springa"||–||–||–||Becoming Astrid (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|"Vanlig Vardag"||–||–||–||Hocus Pocus Alfie Atkins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|2019||"Into a Dream"||–||–||–||Non-album single|
|"You'll Never Walk Alone"||–||–||–|
|"Mellom bakkar og berg"||–||–||–|
|"Silent Night Before the First Day of Christmas"||–||–||–|
|"All Is Soft Inside (From NRK HAIK for Aurora, 2019)"||–||–||–|
|2020||"Don't Run and Hide"||–||–||–||After the Great Storm|
|"Feeling Like I Wanna Cry"||–||–||–|
|"Take Hold of Me"||–||–||–|
|"We Need a Mother"||–||–||–|
|"Trust"||–||–||–||How Beauty Holds the Hand of Sorrow|
|"Song for Thrill and Tom"||–||–||–|
|"Lose My Way"
with Dustin O'Halloran
|2015||"Can't Stop Playing (Makes Me High)"
(Dr. Kucho! & Gregor Salto feat. Ane Brun)
|"To Let Myself Go"
(The Avener feat. Ane Brun)
|–||–||–||The Wanderings of the Avener|
|2020||"When I Let Go (Live in Oslo)"
(Fay Wildhagen feat. Ane Brun)
|–||–||–||Leave Me to the Moon|
Also appears on
- Songs of the Siren (Starbucks Hear Music, 2013)
- Beginner's Guide to Scandinavia 3-CD album (2011)
- "Don't Give Up" New Blood (Peter Gabriel, 2011)
- "Don't Give Up" Live Blood (Peter Gabriel, 2012)
- In My Last Life (Andrew Bayer, 2018)
- "Ane Brun's post on Sami People's National Day". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
- "Brun, Ane Biography - Norsk Musikkinformasjon MIC.no". Archived from the original on 14 March 2013. (in Norwegian)
- "Bjørn Brunvoll - Groove.no".
- Ferguson, Tom (14 May 2005). "Global Pulse". Billboard. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- "Ane Brun returns to the UK - Listen to Norway MIC.no". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
- "Baroque Remixed - Part 2". bbc.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
- "Ane Brun – When I'm Free". musicomh. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
- "Album Review: Leave Me Breathless, Ane Brun". hotpress.com. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
- "Ane Brun's 'After the Great Storm' Features Some of Her Best Songs". popmatters.com. 30 October 2020. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
- "Ane Brun: How Beauty Holds the Hand of Sorrow review – words and songs to live by". irishtimes.com. 27 November 2020. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
- "25 nominees shortlisted for IMPALA's European Independent Album of the Year Award". impalamusic.org. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
- TOM HUIZENGA (1 April 2016). Ane Brun: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. National Public Radio. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021.
- NorwegianCharts.com: Ane Brun discography Archived March 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
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- danishcharts.dk Ane Brun discography
- DanishCharts.com Ane Brun discography Archived April 16, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
- DutchCharts.com Ane Brun discography Archived April 26, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
- SwedishCharts.com: Ane Brun discography Archived March 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
- "Gold/Platinum". IFPI Norway. Retrieved 13 November 2019.(select Ane Brun in search)
- "Gold/Platinum". IFPI Norway. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
- "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 41, 2017". VG-lista. Archived from the original on 17 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
- "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 44, 2020". VG-lista. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
- "swedishcharts.com - Ane Brun - After the Great Storm". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
- "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 49, 2020". VG-lista. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
- "swedishcharts.com - Ane Brun - How Beauty Holds the Hand of Sorrow". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
- "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 17 August 2018. Click on "Veckans albumlista".
- "DR KUCHO/GREGOR SALTO/ANE BRUN | full Official Chart History". Officialcharts.com/. Official Charts Company.
- "British single certifications – Dr Kucho/Gregor Salto/Ane Brun – Can't Stop Playing (Makes Me High)". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
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