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Strong Norwegian presence at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Susanna Wallumrød, Stian Westerhus and Tord Gustavsen to play key UK festival.

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival, which runs from the 27th of April to the 2ndof May. continues its strong focus on Norwegian jazz with Susanna Wallumrød, Stian Westerhus and Tord Gustavsen on the roster. The festival is also following up on previous successes of hosting a collaboration between musicians from the Trondheim Conservatory and Birmingham Conservatoire, two of Europe’s most creative jazz institutions.

Susanna Wallumrød has a cool, distinctive voice and with her trio she will perform beautiful originals and highly personal interpretations of well-known songs such as Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart. As a singer and pianist she has a unique way of making a song her own, and she’s said to be one of the most exceptional new voices of recent years.

Norwegian pianist, Tord Gustavsen, is an intriguing voice on today’s music scene. Exploring different styles, including Scandinavian folk music , gospel and jazz he manage to lead an ensemble with a remarkable ability to mix jazz history with reflective Nordic moods and lyrical beauty. At this event he will be performing with his band and the specially commissioned work alongside pieces from his EXCM release Restored, Returned.

Another Norwegian act at the festival is the talented Stian Westerhus, who with a soundscape far beyond the standard guitar, pushes the boundaries of improvised music. He balances raw expressiveness and melodic instinct using electronics and sheer noise to create performances of near-orchestral expansiveness .

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