Photo: Hans Fredrik Asbjørnsen

Quiet encounter

ECM recording artist Tord Gustavsen teams up with celebrated singer Susanna Wallumrød for an exclusive meeting at the Oslo Jazz Festival.

The concert’s point of departure is instrumental music composed by pianist Tord Gustavsen combined with miniature-like vocal pieces with lyrics from Middle Eastern Sufi poetry in English translations. This quiet musical dialogue took place in "Kulturkirken Jacob", a beautiful candle-lit church downtown Oslo during the Oslo Jazz Festival last week.

The strong line-up included Tore Brunborg (saxophone), Tord Gustavsen (piano), Mats Eilertsen (bass), Jarle Vespestad (drums) and Susanna Wallumrød (vocals).

Jazz pianist and composer Tord Gustavsen has gone from strength to strength after his international breakthrough with the album ”Chaning Places” from 2003. Two years ago Gustavsen introduced his new band with Tore Brunborg, Mats Eilertsen and Jarle Vespestad on the album "Restored, Returned", which won a Norwegian Grammy. Since then the quartet has toured extensively and taken their interplay to a new level. Earlier this year they released ”The Well” to great reviews and a sold out release concert in the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

- Check out this interview with Tord made by MIC's Guttorm Andreasen

Susanna Wallumrød is probably best known for her personal interpretations of iconic songs such as ”Jolene” and ”Love Will Tear Us Apart”, but she is also an accomplished songwriter, and when she last played the Oslo Jazz Festival it was with the critically acclaiwith commissioned work ”Meshes of Voice”, which she co-wrote with Jenny Hval. Wallumrød has also achieved recognition as a soloist with the ECM album ”If Grief Could Wait” on which she interprets the music of Henry Purcell and Leonard Cohen with harpist Giovanna Pessi. Wallumrød’s latest release, ”Wild Dog”, has received great reviews both at home and abroad.

- Enjoy Susanna at MIC's Live at the office concert

- Interview with Susanna

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