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Norwegian singer/pianist Susanna Wallumrød began performing in Norway in 2000 as Susanna & the Magical Orchestra with keyboardist Morten Qvenild. The duo's unique blend of atmospheric jazz, rock, and electronica spawned List of Lights and Buoys (2004) and Melody Mountain (2006). Susanna released her debut solo album, the quiet, all-original ambient pop collection Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos, on the Rune Grammofon label in 2007, followed by an all-new mix of covers and originals (Flower of Evil) in 2008. The following year, Susanna & the Magical Orchestra's album 3 arrived, featuring work by Wildbirds & Peacedrums' Mariam Wallentin and Susanna's brother, drummer Fredrik Wallumrød. She contributed to Giovanna Pessi's 2011 ECM album If Grief Could Wait, while Susanna's third solo album, Wild Dog -- which featured contributions from members of Arcade Fire and Bonnie "Prince" Billy's band -- arrived in 2012. The following year, she teamed with Ensemble neoN for The Forester, a set of chamber folk songs released via her own SusannaSonata imprint. ~ James Christopher Monger