Steinar Raknes is one of Norway’s foremost jazz bassists and songwriters. With his fearless and explosive playing style, he is often compared with the legendary bassist and songwriter Charles Mingus. Raknes is recognized through his work as composer and musician in the award-winning jazz trio Urban Connection, and for collaborations with artists such as Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Bobby McFerrin and Per Texas Johansson.
After completing a Master of Arts (music) degree of jazz at NTNU in2001, he has collaborated in a large number of ensembles, including The Core, Ola Kvernberg Trio, SKAIDI, Kirsti Huke Quartet and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. He is the leader of his own jazz group, the Steinar Raknes Quartet, and his vocal projects STILLHOUSE and ARVVAS. Raknes has created a unique way of playing the double bass combined with singing. Steinar Raknes´ STILLHOUSE exists in various line ups,- as solo, duets, trio, quartet and quintet. Steinar Raknes´vocals and double bass alone, or in groovy interplay with Paolo Vinaccia on drums, Unni Wilhelmsen on vocals, Andreas Utnem on pump organ and Knut Reiersrud on harmonica. The STILLHOUSE repertoire consists of songs by the bass player, in addition to songs by John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Spingsteen, Tom Waits and more.