Active for more than a decade, through nine albums so far as Susanna and the Magical Orchestra/Susanna/Susanna Wallumrød, the Oslo-based artist has recently been taking big steps towards greater independence and autonomy, while increasing the range of her considerable talents as a songwriter, vocal interpreter and producer.
Today marks the start of her six-date US tour that includes gigs in New York, Chicago and Loisville. One of the tour’s undisputed highlights will be Susanna’s appearance at the Big Ears Festival, supporting no other than John Cale on 28 March.
Full tour listing in calendar section below.
For her upcoming US tour, Susanna will perform songs from her whole catalogue, including selections from 2012′s ‘Wild Dog’ and 2013′s ‘The Forester’, in addition to a wide-range of covers. An intensely arresting performer, Susanna holds audiences captive with her vocal timbre and the powerful, all-consuming sound of her band; her concerts are truly magical. Live, Susanna will play piano and sing, accompanied by Helge Sten (Deathprod, Supersilent) on guitar, and Fredrik Wallumrød (El Caco) on drums and vocals.
The Chicago Reader’s Peter Margasak has a nice preview of Susanna’s Windy City concert HERE.
“Maybe it’s something about northern latitudes that makes the piano-playing Norwegian songwriter Susanna sound like she could join the Canadian sorority of musicians like Joni Mitchell and Feist: limpid-voiced, open-hearted, musically idiosyncratic and touched with mystery.”
New York Times (US)
“Exquisitely sung, swept over with stormy emotions, “Wild Dog”´s autumnal mysteries are alluring indeed.” 4/5.
“The timbre of Susanna´s sublime voice guarantees a forlorn vulnerability, but beneath the jazz-folk-toned melancholia there´s a new dramatic intensity.” 8/10.