Susanna spreads her magical jazz across the UK

 Date:03/10/2006 - 09/10/2006
 Type:Culture, Music

Sound Transmitter, the first in a series of Nordic double bills featuring the most exciting musicians from the outer reaches of jazz and new music, will include Norwegian jazz duo Susanna and The Magical Orchestra, and Tys Tys from the Danish eclectic underground scene.

Susanna and The Magical Orchestra’s debut album was one of the most celebrated of 2004, with the release of Melody Mountain this autumn, their ascendancy continues. The Norwegian duo’s slow moving, delicately woven web of voice and sparse electronics, entwines listeners in a world of exquisite beauty and pain. Susanna’s subtle vocal inflections and savoured consonants are suspended by the otherworldly glitches and organ sounds of the Magical Orchestra, AKA Morten Qvenild. The duo’s latest album ‘Melody Mountain’ is out now.

Fast emerging from Copenhagen’s eclectic underground scene where jazz, rock and electronic musicians mix freely, Tys Tys have found a powerful and distinctive sound through which to channel the lyrics of their surreal yet tender songs.  Improbable influences of late Beatles, jazz and even psalms appear fleetingly then vanish. Carried by Maria Laurette Friis’ fragile yet commanding voice and a tight-knit band, their original material transfers into captivating live performances.

3 October, 8pm
Gateshead, The Sage Gateshead, 0191 443 4661 /
Tickets £13/£7 conc.½ price students/unemployed, £2 off OAP

4 October, 7.30pm
Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music, 0161 907 5555 /
Tickets: £12.50, conc. £8

5 October, 8pm
Bristol, St George’s, 0845 4024001 /
Tickets: £16, conc. £14 or £12

6 October, 8pm
London, The Spitz, 020 7392 9032 /
Tickets price: £12, conc. £8

7 October, 8pm
Bracknell, South Hill Park
, 01344 484123 /
Tickets price: 12£ / 11£ for members / 10£ conc.

8 October, 8pm
Birmingham, Glee Club
, 0870 241 5093 /
Tickets: £9 website, £10 tel., £7 for students 

9 October, 8pm
N. Yorks, The Shed
, 01653 668494  /
Tickets price: £12 

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Susanna & The Magical Orchestra return to the UK again after their successful tour last yearPhoto: © Rune Grammofon