1970 My first radio performance
Radio program for Tuesday, June 4, 1971, on right
Participated in my first "album release" together with my father
Music cassette, looked similar to the image on the left.
Together with my father Egil Storbekken.
Glimt - Hot Club Record
Together with my father Egil Storbekken.
Toured in the years 1994-1998 with the ensemble "Det syng, ballader på vandring" (The Sing, Ballads on a Journey) featuring Agnes Buen Garnås, Anne Marit Jacobsen, Sinikka Langeland, and Halvor Håkanes. The ensemble showcased the rich diversity that exists within the tradition and the peculiar journey that this material has been a part of - crossing borders with its local characteristics and multinational inspiration.
"Nattergalen" - Ole Bull Academy "Nattergalen" is a book accompanied by a CD. The work on this book started in connection with Eli Storbekken's teaching at the Ole Bull Academy.
The idea behind the project was to publish a practical book that can be used by anyone interested in folk singing, without requiring extensive prior knowledge.
Here, she aims to showcase some of the breadth of the vocal song tradition found in Østerdalen. You can find lullabies, narrative songs, lures, vocal improvisation, religious folk tunes, and various songs that have been sung up to the present day.
These are songs that have traveled from person to person. Several of the songs have variations in the district and in other parts of the country.
Agnes Buen Garnås writes about Eli Storbekken and "Nattergalen":
For twenty years, Eli has allowed others to partake in her songs, lures, and refrains.
From courses spanning over ten years, organized by Club 7 in the 70s, to being a teacher at the Ole Bull Academy in Voss in the 90s, she has been active. The song about the nightingale and the lures from Østerdalen has touched our minds and has stayed in our memory with Eli's distinctive marks, along with refrains that inspire dance! Eli's social engagement is unifying, and this is also reflected in her singing. She sings the songs as they are and has listeners from various circles - in towns and villages. Indeed, it is high time that the urban countryside lady now comes with her own CD and book, which acquaints us better with parts of Østerdals music!"
Sjugurd and Trollbrura - Finnskogen Cultural Workshop
Song tradition from Solør, Odal, and Finnskogen
With Chateau Neuf Spelemannslag (CNS)
Norwegian folk music through 100 years
21 contributors with their own songs.
Was involved in establishing the "Latino Folk Joik Ensemble" with musicians from Brazil, Argentina, and a Sámi performer.
An international folk music project that encompasses a wide range of musical expressions. The music contains elements from the ancient Norwegian and Sámi musical traditions, ballads, and narrative songs, as well as rhythmic Latin music!
During the concerts, the audience had the opportunity to hear joik, narrative songs, throat singing, and vocal trills. From the Chilean cueca and the distinctive string instrument charango from the Andes Mountains to samba and other rhythms from Brazil. The audience was taken on a journey to the "Norwegian mountain wilderness, the Sámi tundra," and Latin music with humor and rhythm.
The group also conducted workshops and concerts for children and youth.
The ensemble held numerous school concerts in the Oslo area. They performed concerts at venues such as MS Innvik, Riddu Riddu (2006), Josefine Visescene, Maihaugen, Glom-dalsmuseet, etc.
Singing in Norway was part of the editorial board for the book "Singing in Norway."
"Singing in Norway" includes approximately 430 different songs with lyrics, sheet music, and chord symbols. The songs in the book are divided into chapters that cover life's milestones, peace, freedom, and religion, plants, animals, nature, and the environment, care and community, love, and wisdom of life.
In addition to Norwegian songs and a dedicated chapter for Sámi joiks/songs, the book also includes songs from neighboring countries as well as songs from 44 different countries, such as Cuba, Brazil, Egypt, India, Pakistan, and Vietnam.
None of the songs are younger than five years old.
From left: Nils Økland - fiddle ○ Georg Buljo - guitar ○ Atle Nymo - bass clarinet ○ Birger Mistereggen - jaw harp ○
Eli storbekken - vocals ○ Gjermund Silset - double bass ○ Lillebror Vasaasen -
Maros Solo, in collaboration with Georg Buljo
The lure holds a bit of eternal youthfulness within it, fresh and new like a "flying summer."
Laling (vocal trilling) and gukko (cuckoo call) were the means of communication among people at that time, alongside instruments like the lur and bukkehorn (goat horn).
The shepherd had a solitary job of delivering messages in all kinds of weather. It was important to maintain contact with other people in the mountain pastures.
Signaling the presence of predators, visiting, and courting were some of the functions of laling. Even though the functions have disappeared, the melodies live on.
Tore Bruvoll - guitar, dobro
Gjermund Silset - double bass
Atle Nymo - bass clarinet
Lillebror Vasaasen - accordion
Lur and Lure Playing Festival in Tolga 60 Years 1949-2009 July 26th
In the summer of 2009, it will be 60 years since the first Lur and Lure Playing Festival was organized in Tolga, with Egil Storbekken as the driving force. The festivals were repeated in the following years, with around 200-300 spectators in the first year, increasing to around 3000 in 1952. In the summer of 1953, Myklebust traveled to the Lur and Lure Playing Festival in Tynset to make recordings for "Folkemusikkhalvtimen" (Half an Hour of Folk Music).
In 2009, we pick up where the last festival left off and organize the Lur and Lure Playing Festival in Raudsjødalen. The festival will be combined with the presentation of this year's Egil Storbekken Music Prize to Karl Seglem.
As tradition dictates, the festival was held at Raudsjødalen Setermeieri, which was the first dairy in Northern Europe (1856).
Solo, in collaboration with Georg Buljo.
Songen til fløyta (The Song to the Flute) Released in connection with the 100th anniversary of Egil Storbekken's birth (Eli's father).
Songen til fløyta is based on Egil Storbekken's melodies for poems written by Einar Skjæraasen, Bjørn Øyan, Kjell Åsen, Annar Eggen, Åsmund Sveen, and Ola Jonsmoen. The melodies were composed in the folk song tradition of the 1970s and have been reworked by Eli and producer Georg Buljo.
Norish Fest is a Norwegian-Irish collaboration aimed at creating cultural exchange and social networking between Ireland and Norway.
Norish Fest is based on the connection between Tolga in Hedmark, Norway, and Ballinskelligs and Waterville in South West Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
Had a concert at Smock Alley Theatre with fellow musicians Georg Buljo and Irene Tillung.
The Constitution Jubilee in New York (200 year anniversary)
Had two performances during the Constitution Jubilee.
Rosekolla - National Library - Documentation CD
Local folk music from the mountain pasture life, recordings from 1952-1975.
57 recordings of lure playing, vocal trilling, and mountain pasture songs from various parts of the country. The lures are performed on cows, sheep, goats, horses, reindeer, and the farm workers!
The content of Rosekolla is taken from recordings in the Norwegian Folk Music Collection (1952-1975) featuring various performers, refer to the CD's contents to see who they are. Rosekolla contains a small selection of vocal folk music related to mountain pasture life: lure playing, vocal trilling, kringelhauk (a type of vocal ornamentation), hulling (vocal trilling while playing the flute), rhymes, and shepherd songs.
These songs have been used as tools in people's daily lives and work, and as a means of communication with livestock and people. I hope the CD can help preserve a singing tradition that is at risk of being forgotten. Dive into the archives, there you can find musical treasures!
Several concerts were held in connection with the release featuring:
Eli Storbekken - vocals, willow flute
Irene Tillung - accordion
Britt Pernille Frøholm - hardanger fiddle, fiddle
Solo, in collaboration with Sigurd Hole.
Fabel is a collection of folk songs from our musical cultural heritage with narratives and actions that are both symbolic and epic.
The songs consist of medieval ballads, broadside ballads, humorous songs, love songs, and knightly songs. The lyrics deal with human relationships, strength, weakness, love, jealousy, transformation, and disguise.
The main selection of melodies comes from Hedmark and Østfold with variants from Telemark, Gudbrandsdalen, and Sweden.
Konserter og workshop i Tanzania
Concerts and Workshops in Tanzania
Ellen Marie Tangen and I were invited by the YesKilimanjaro Foundation to hold concerts and workshops in the Kilimanjaro District near the city of Moshi. YK operates the Gabriella Center for mentally challenged individuals. We had concerts in the village of Umbwe Onana.
I would like to thank the YesKilimanjaro Foundation, led by Ellen Graff Jenssen, and the rest of the team for an amazing trip with workshops and concerts at the Gabriella Center in Moshi, Tanzania, from October 30th to November 10th, 2019. We had encounters with lovely people and had wonderful experiences that I will remember for a long time!
We received support from Tolga-Os Sparebank for the purchase of rhythm instruments, triangles, tambourines, eggs, etc. They also provided T-shirts for everyone, a big thank you to them.
Spellstenen Solo, in collaboration with Sigurd Hole
Frode Haltli - accordion
Terje Isungset - percussion, jew's harp
Have performed numerous concerts featuring material from the album.
Album release at Nordic Black Theatre, Sunday, November 7, 2021.
Mainly contains religious folk tunes from Østerdalen.
Religious folk tunes were an important part of people's lives in earlier times, but today many of these melodies are disappearing.
Harpreet Bansal - violin
Helge Norbakken - percussion
"The Sound Before the Fiddle" is a seminar with courses and concerts. Eli is the coordinator for the teams involved in the seminars. The first seminar took place from January 31st to February 2nd, 2014, and had the title "Courses in kveding, jew's harp, langeleik, lur, and bukkehorn."
In January 2023, the event was held for the 5th time, with a growing interest in learning to play bukkehorn, seljefløyte, lur, langeleik, jew's harp, kvede, and joik! It had the title "Concerts and courses in ancient folk music instruments, joik, and kveding."
The seminar was held in connection with the Jørn Hilme Festival, taking place from July 9th to 16th.
The lokke (calling) is closely related to the mountain pasture culture. This is where it belongs. But calling is no longer as obvious. With the rapid decline of the mountain pasture culture, a practice and cultural tradition that is several hundred years old is disappearing.
The lokke seminar was organized by