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Susanna Karolina Wallumrød (born 23 June 1979 in Kongsberg, Norway) is a Norwegian vocalist, known for her low key original songs.[1] She is the sister of the drummer Fredrik Wallumrød and the pianist Christian Wallumrød, cousin of the pianist David Wallumrød, and is married to the music producer Helge Sten.

Susanna Wallumrød
Susanna Wallumrød Oslo Jazzfestival Victoria (182001).jpg
Susanna Wallumrød
at Oslo Jazzfestival 2016
Background information
Birth nameSusanna Karolina Wallumrød
Born (1979-06-23) 23 June 1979 (age 40)
Kongsberg, Buskerud
GenresIndie pop, jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar
LabelsECM Records
Rune Grammofon
Grappa Music
Associated actsSusanna and the Magical Orchestra


Susanna with Giovanna Pessi at Vossajazz 12 April 2014

Susanna and the Magical Orchestra is the moniker of singer Susanna and keyboard player Morten Qvenild. Her song "Believer" from their first album and their cover version of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" featured in two 3rd season episodes of the American medical drama Grey's Anatomy and on 3rd season of Skins, on episode 6.

The German rock band Fury in the Slaughterhouse uses Susanna's AC/DC-cover of "It's a Long Way to the Top If You Wanna Rock'n Roll" as intro and the Joy-Division-cover "Love Will Tear Us Apart" as Outro on their "Farewell & Goodbye Tour 2008".[2]

Susanna Wallumrød has cooperated with baroque harpist Giovanna Pessi, who has previously made herself known with a variety of ECM recordings. Pessi's collaboration with pianist Christian Wallumrød brought her regularly to Oslo, where she met and became friends with Susanna, the pianist's sister. Susanna invited Pessi to play on her solo album Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos (2008), and four years later, the Norwegian vocalist's turn to take guest role.[3]

On If Grief Could Wait she sings both her own songs and compositions by Henry Purcell, Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake. In the center of the album is Susannas clear voice and Pessis delicate harp. The ensemble also comprises Marco Ambrosini on Key harp and Jan Achtman at Gamba.[4]

A bright meeting between Tord Gustavsen's strong Norwegian Quartet and Susanna Wallumrød, brings one of our most distinctive vocalists to the premiere of a new musical project during the Oslo Jazz Festival 2012. The musical movements that Wallumrød sings, are previously done with singers of Trio Mediaeval and Tord Gustavsen Trio.[5]

Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones joined Susanna and Deathprod at Øya-festialen 2013.[6]



Magical Orchestra
Susanna Wallumrød
With Jenny Hval
With the Brotherhood of Our Lady
  • 2019: Garden of Earthly Delights (SusannaSonata)


  1. ^ "Susanna Wallumrød Biography". Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Susanna og det magiske" (in Norwegian). Norsk Musikkinformasjon Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  3. ^ Kelman, John (3 February 2012). "Giovanna Pessi / Susanna Wallumrod: If Grief Could Wait (2012) Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  4. ^ Fordham, John (10 November 2011). "Susanna Wallumrød/Giovanna Pessi: If Grief Could Wait". Musical review. The Guardian. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Tord Gustavsen kvartett møter Susanna Wallumrød" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones Joins Susanna". Mojo. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos" (in Norwegian). Review Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  8. ^ Klev, Kim (18 March 2012). "Skjønnheten i skyggene: Susanna Wild Dog – Review Lydverket" (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Jeg Vil Hjem Til Menneskene Susanna Wallumrød Review" (in Norwegian). Review Retrieved 15 April 2014.

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Preceded by
Sissel Kyrkjebø
Recipient of the Open class Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Hilde Marie Kjersem
Preceded by
Farmers Market
Recipient of the Open class Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Jenny Hval and Susanna
Preceded by
Ellen Andrea Wang
Recipient of the Kongsberg Jazz Award
Succeeded by
Marius Neset
Preceded by
Hanne Hukkelberg
Recipient of the Radka Toneff Memorial Award
Succeeded by
Kirsti Huke
Preceded by
Morten Qvenild
Recipient of the open class Edvardprisen
Succeeded by