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Benedikt is a nine-piece atmospheric indie orchestra with members hailing from all across Norway. It originally started as Hans Olav Settem’s solo project while he was coping with being far away from home at a conservative boarding school in Bergen. After being expelled from campus and relocating to Oslo, a group of old and new friends joined him, and Benedikt grew into the group it is today. The current lineup includes Hans Olav, Marit Othilie Thorvik, Emilie Catrin Korsvold, Simen Mitlid, Brage Kristian Einum, Oddbjørn Sponås, Sindre Skår, Sunniva Shaw Of Thordarroch, and Stein Boge.

Benedikt has released three albums and one EP (Jag är sen igen (2022) with Ævestaden). The latest albums Balcony Dream (2021) and Why Are You Dreaming? (2023) depart from their debut album Communal Work (2019) exploring darker themes inspired by dark renaissance aesthetics.

Photo by Kristoffer Eidsnes