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Susanna and The Magical Orchestra

Susanna And The Magical Orchestra is in fact a duo with keyboardplayer Morten Qvenild and singer Susanna Karolina Wallumrød. (Morten is a former member of Jaga Jazzist and Shining, he quitted to concentrate on this duo and his own trio called In The Country. Their debut-album was released in Norway in February 2004, and some time later in Europe and in Japan, and received very good critics around the world. List of lights and buoys contains highly personal interpretations of Dolly Parton�'s Jolene and Leonard Bernstein�'s Who Am I as well as nine originals that show a suprising degree of maturity, especially considering the writers young age and the fact that they operate in a landscape that requires a good deal of songwriting skills to hold your attention

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Three new releases on Rune Grammofon

Read "Three new releases on Rune Grammofon" reviewed by John Eyles

Norway's Rune Grammofon label long ago established itself in the front rank, initially based on releases by the group Supersilent plus releases including its members Deathprod (Helge Sten), Ståle Storløkken and Arve Henriksen. In addition, the label has gradually built up an impressive roster including such Scandinavian artists as Alog, Fire!, Jenny Hval, Motorpsycho and Susanna ...

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Kongsberg Jazz Festival Unveils All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway Program

Kongsberg Jazz Festival Unveils All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway Program

On February 1, 2012, Norway's Kongsberg Jazz Festival unveiled its first series of shows scheduled for the 2012 edition, running from July 4-7, 2012: a total of fourteen shows—seven of them detailed in this press release. AAJ is pleased to announce the lineup for its All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway festival-within-a-festival, following last fall's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Giovanna Pessi / Susanna Wallumrod: If Grief Could Wait

Read "If Grief Could Wait" reviewed by John Kelman

There was a time when hard lines existed between genres, but they seem long gone when tenor John Potter and electronic composer Ambrose Field can create a very 21st century take on 15th century musical frameworks with Being Dufay (2009), while Norwegian keyboardist Jon Balke conjoins baroque string ensemble and Fourth World progenitor, trumpeter Jon Hassell ...

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Polar Jazz: Longyearbyen, Svalbard, February 3-7, 2011

Read "Polar Jazz: Longyearbyen, Svalbard, February 3-7, 2011" reviewed by John Kelman

Polar Jazz / Arctic MoodLongyearbyen,Svalbard, Norway February 3-7, 2011 Flying into Longyearbyen is a surreal experience. It's a two-day trip from North America--one day to get to Oslo, Norway, and the second to make the final trek above the Arctic Circle to the islands of Svalbard, about halfway between the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: Twenty Centuries of Stony Sleep

Read "Twenty Centuries of Stony Sleep" reviewed by John Kelman

Since releasing its first album, Supersilent's groundbreaking 1--3 (1998), Rune Grammofon has evolved into one of Norway's most consistently intrepid and unfettered labels. With every passing year, it's stylistic purview--largely focusing on Norwegian artists--expands just that extra bit further, with music ranging from the sublime beauty of In the Country's debut, This Was the Pace of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Norwegian Road Trip, Part 3: Oslo, July 12-14, 2010

Read "Norwegian Road Trip, Part 3: Oslo, July 12-14, 2010" reviewed by John Kelman

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 [Editors Note: From July 6 to July 26, 2010, All About Jazz Managing Editor John Kelman will travel throughout Norway to cover both the Kongsberg Jazz Festival (also participating in Silver City Sounds) and Molde ...

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Label: Rune Grammofon
Released: 2009
Track listing: Recall; Guiding Star; Game; Palpatine's Dream; Another Day; Deer Eyed Lady; Lost; Subdivisions; Come On; Someday.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Susanna and the Magical Orchestra: 3

Read "3" reviewed by John Kelman

The ability of musicians on the Norwegian scene to live in a multitude of musical spaces was made clear at Molde Jazz 2009, where trumpeter Arve Henriksen performed in a variety of settings, ranging from the sublime beauty of his Cartography group to more aggressive noise improv with Supersilent. The two members of Susanna and the ...


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