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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. Susanna collaborated with Jenny Hval on 2015's acclaimed Meshes of Voice, following it with an EP of Tina Turner and Leonard Cohen songs that summer. For 2016's ambitious 22-track solo album Triangle, she recorded in Oslo and L.A., working with members of Norwegian bands including Splashgirl, Supersilent, Moskus, and Sudan Dudan as well as American acts like Helen Money and the the Cairo Gang. Susanna followed it with 2018's Go Dig My Grave, which reunited her with Pessi and included a version of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" as well as traditional songs. With her 13th album Garden of Earthly Delights -- originally a work commissioned for the Vossajazz Festival 2017 -- she delivered a set of complex, sensual songs inspired by the absurd and mysterious imagery within Hieronymus Bosch's famous triptych. Her backing group, the Brotherhood of Our Lady (named for the religious organization that sponsored Bosch) featured members of the Norwegian acts Skadedyr, Listen to Girl, and Propan. Recorded on the northwest coast of Norway, the album arrived on SusannaSonata in February 2019.~ James Christopher Monger

HOMETOWN
Kongsberg, Norway
BORN
Jun 23, 1979

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