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Bel_Canto_(band)

Bel Canto (band)

Bel Canto is a Norwegian music duo, originally a trio, fronted by Anneli Drecker, signed originally to Crammed Discs. Their first two records were licensed to Nettwerk Records in Canada and its second album was licensed to IRS/MCA Records. Its style has evolved over time from a gothic ethereal sound to synth-based pop influenced by world music.

During the years from 1985 to 2006, Bel Canto has occasionally taken breaks in order for Anneli Drecker to pursue a solo career and to perform with other bands and artists, as well as performing in films and theater plays. Nils Johansen has composed music for film and television as well as working and performing with his other band, Vajas.

Despite these hiatuses, Bel Canto is still performing together, 21 years after the band was founded. In the fall of 2006 the group continued to perform, primarily in Norway.

In 2007 Bel Canto will continues to work together, both by writing new material and by doing more gigs. At the same time, both Anneli Drecker and Nils Johansen will also continue work on other projects, Nils with Vajas and Anneli on her solo work. Side-Line reported early March 2007 that Bel Canto will start work on a new album in 2007.

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