Susanna - Go Dig My Grave
"Wondrous, haunting bunch of covers from Norwegian singer” 8/10 Uncut Magazine
Susanna Wallumrød, has under the artistic name Susanna and with Susanna and the Magical Orchestra made deep imprints in many listeners and in the music scene of Norway since the debut in 2004. She has made a place for herself in the in our musical canon, somewhere between folk music, pop, jazz and art-music. She has collaborated with Jenny Hval, Stian Westerhus, Ensemble neoN and Led Zeppelins bass player John Paul Jones.
She has made 12 albums, and gained three national musical awards (“Spellemannsprisen”) so far. Theese days she is releasing her 13. album.
As an artist he has appeared to be fearless in all her choices. She has induced goosebumps in her original interpretations of everything from Dolly Parton to ACDC - songs few others has dared to tackle. “Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos” from 2007 was the first one containing only Susannas own songs. Curiously enough one of her most sworn fans, American singer, songwriter and actor Will Oldham aka Bonnie Prince Billy, released his own new re-recorded version of the album last year.
Susanna and Baroque harpist Giovanna Pessi released ‘If Grief Could Wait’ with ECM in 2011. On the album the two interpret Purcell, Cohen, and Susannas own music. This remarkable album mixed music from the baroque, singer/songwriters from the 70´s and newer music. The project also did the evocative final concerts in Molde Cathedral at Moldejazz 2012 - a concert people still talk about.
In 2019 Susanna and her musicians will close the festival in the same place. Pessi and Susanna resumed their collaboration with the album “Go Dig My Grave” in 2018. Together with the young accordion-player Ida Løvli Hidle and fiddle player and folk-singer Tuva Livsdatter Syvertsen (Valkyrien), they interpret old and new songs: gloomy blues from old 78-records, baroque music and no less beautiful-solemn new songs. Always at the centre is Susannas very communicative voice and expression, sometimes giving associations to female artists like Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins and other times to the experimental operatic Klaus Nomi. The album “Go Dig My Grave” was by many described as a new pinnacle in Susannas career and we can guarantee an evocative and moving experience in Molde cathedral.