• Susanna & the Magical Orchestra

Because I was on vacation I missed the chance to write up two excellent Sunday shows in the Reader‘s print edition, but now that I’m back I want to highlight them in this space. Back in December 2008 extraordinary Norwegian vocalist Susanna Wallumrød performed solo at the Empty Bottle, delivering her refined, dolorous music with sparse piano accompaniment and guitar courtesy of Helge Sten (aka Deathprod); Cairo Gang guitarist and key Bonnie “Prince” Billy collaborator Emmett Kelly also sat in for a few tunes. On Sunday she makes her local debut (at Schubas) as Susanna & the Magical Orchestra, her project with fellow Norwegian Morten Qvenild—best known as keyboardist and leader of In the Country.