ONLY CONNECT FESTIVAL OF SOUND 2015:
Susanna & Oslo 14
FRIDAY 5 JUNE
FABRIKKEN (Kvadraturen) (Dronningens gate 4)
Susanna celebrated ten years as recording artist in 2014, as well as receiving huge acclaim for her collaboration and album with Jenny Hval, Meshes of Voice, which won a Norwegian Grammy in Open Category. For Only Connect, Susanna has written a commissioned work, Mass For The Witch Woman, for the new vocal ensemble Oslo 14 which makes its debut at the festival. The vocal ensemble, consisting of nineteen singers, explores the movable, experimental and improvised, under the musical direction of Elin Rosseland.
Norwegian artist Susanna is the woman behind Susanna and the Magical Orchestra // Susanna // Susanna Wallumrød, releasing music for over a decade through independent labels like Rune Grammofon and Grappa Musikkforlag, and through her own label SusannaSonata since 2011. She is known for her transforming of songs by AC/DC, Dolly Parton, Thin Lizzy and ABBA amongst others, but also for her strong originals and her work with making music for and singing poetry by Gunvor Hofmo.
10 albums so far- all highly acclaimed and the ones released in 2013 and 2014 both won a Norwegian Grammy in Open Category. Susanna has composed music on commission for Ladyfest, the Telemark Festival and Henie Onstad Arts Centre exhibition ‘We Live On A Star’, and collaborated with among others Tuva L. Syvertsen, Stian Westerhus, Jenny Hval, dutch Jessica Sligter, american Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and british John Paul Jones. She received the Gammleng-award in 2012 in Open Category for rewarding participation in album releases.
Elin Rosseland is a singer, bandleader, and composer who studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music and is known from collaborations with Vigleik Storaas, Johannes Eick, Sidsel Endresen, Eldbjørg Raknes, Christian Wallumrød and Johannes Eick. Rosseland has played with Stein Eide Band, the Norwegian band Kix and the octet Winds Hot & Cool. At han early stage she formed her own quintet Fair Play, with the musicians Tor Yttredal, Vigleik Storaas, Johannes Eick and Trond Kopperud. They released the album Fair Play in 1989. Rosseland joined the band Søyr (1986–94) and the trio ESE with Sidsel Endresen and Eldbjørg Raknes (Gack, Jazzland 1998).
With Fra himmelen she received the NOPA Award for the work of the year, for both music and lyrics, in 1996. It was released on NorCD with Christian Wallumrød and Johannes Eick in 1997. She also released Moment (2004) in trio with Johannes Eick and Rob Waring, and performed with Knut Riisnæs at Oslo Jazz Festival in a pice where Oslo Storband performed the Peer Gynt Suite by Helge Hurum. Rosseland associated with jazz vocal training at Norges Musikkhøgskole.
Oslo 14 wishes to expand the vocal ensemble format by taking collective and solo improvisation elements into the composed. The ensemble will focus on developing new repertoire in collaboration with various Norwegian contemporary composers, and artist Susanna is the first collaborator. The ensemble name was esablished when fourteen singers started to work together in 2014. The choice of name is also meant as a tribute to the 80s and 90s jazz group Oslo 13 who constituted a separate "musical district" (Oslo had 12 districts at the time).
The ensemble: Karoline Ruderaas Albrigtsen, Bethany Forseth-Reichberg, Åshild Bergill Hagen, Ingrid Vik Henriksen, Lise Hvoslef, Hanne Kalleberg, August Kann, Therese Lech, Hanna Nydal, Lisbeth-Anita Grimsø Olsen, Astrid Elisabeth Pedersen, Ingrid Støylen Runde, Seshen, Live Sollid Schulerud, Signe Irene Stangborli Time, Marthe Haaland Wang, Thea Emilie Haaland Wang og Sigrid Aase.
Musical director: Elin Rosseland
Composer: Susanna Wallumrød
Project manager: Østnorsk jazzsenter
Funded by: Det norske komponistfond