Helge Andreas Norbakken

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Helge Andreas Norbakken
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Helge Andreas Norbakken performing in 2017
Photo: Tore Sætre
Background information
Born 1965 (age 52–53)
Tromsø, Troms
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Drums
Website www.norbakken.no/helge
Helge Norbakken
in Aarhus, Denmark 2015
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Helge Andreas Norbakken (born 1965 in Tromsø, Norway) is a Norwegian musician with drums and percussion as principal instruments, married to Dagrun Hjelleset Norbakken (b. 1969), and known for his collaborations with artists such as Mari Boine, Jon Balke (MNO/Bathagraf/Siwan),[1][2] Kari Bremnes, Maria Joao,[3] Karl Seglem, Becaye Aw, Miki N'Doye, Jovan Pavlovic, and Anne Wylie.[4][5]


Norbakken is a graduate of the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium (1985–88),[6] and is one of the most renowned Scandinavian percussionists.[7] He started going on international venues within Mari Boine Band, and recorded Goaskjinvellja, Lehakastin, Ballvvoslatina, and live Eallin (1997) with her, then continued with Maria Joao, Jon Balke, Kari Brenmes, Ayub Ogada and an impressive list of Norwegian and international musicians.

After working with arvmusic on Mari Boine's tours, he recorded and played live with Ayub Ogada (in trio with Giovanni Amighetti and with a full big band including sound engineer Geir Ostensio, Gjermund Silset, Giovanni Amighetti and Roger Ludvigsen), Vladimir Denissenkov, Tiziana Ghiglioni in "La voce del Mondo" and Guo Yue with Shan Qi. Norbakken developed a very original percussions style, based on sound research, hand-made instruments and original timbres merge. Everything go into strict multirythmical patterns those remember at the same moment Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Doudou N'Dyae Rose works... In studio he is a master in creating particular structures using (many) tracks and percussions over recordings.

Discography (in selection)[edit]

With Mari Boine
  • 1993: Goaskinviellja – Ørnebror – Eagle brother (Lean)
  • 1994: Leahkastin (Lean, Verve World)
  • 1996: Radiant Warmth (Antilles)
  • 1997: Eallin – Live (Antilles)
  • 1998: Balvoslatnja – Room of worship (Antilles)
  • 2001: Winter in Moscow (Jaro Medien GmbH), feat. Inna Zhelannaya & Sergey Starostin


  1. ^ "Siwan". ECMrecords.com. 
  2. ^ "Batagraf". Magnetic.no. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Maria Joao & Mario Laginha". MariaJoao.org. 
  4. ^ "Anne Wylie". AnneWylie.com. 
  5. ^ "Helge Andreas Norbakken Review". DrummersZone.com. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Jazzlinja". NTNU.no. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Jazz& – Heartbeat feat. Helge Andreas Norbakken" (in German). Spielboden.at. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 

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