Is a musician and a composer of considerable scope and imagination.
She has created her own distinctive fusion of Jazz and West African Influences.
It's exuberant music with a personal touch that is unusual, extrovert and atmospheric.
Excerpt of CV Katrine Suwalski: Danish Composer, Saxophonist, Bandleader www.suwalski.dk
Music studies at University of Copenhagen 1983-87
Music studies – Saxophone, at Rythmic Music Conservatory RMC Copenhagen 1987-91
Rhythm studies. Visit Ghana for the first time in 1994 to study polyrhythms with Johnson at Legon University, Accra and with masterdrummer Okyerema Pra in Cape Coast. A visit that has a deep influence on her further musical direction and nurtures a lifelong inspiration from Westafrican rhythms.
1994- : Bandleader, Composer and Founder of the Afrojazzgroup Another World
Concerts in DK, Germany, Iceland, UK, Ghana
Cooperation with different soloists over the years such as: Okyerema Pra (GH), John Tchicai (DK), Bob Moses (US), Ameton Trio (GH) a.o The band draw inspiration from Westafrican rhytms and Jazz. In 2017-18 AW have two concert tours with Ameton Trio from Ghana. AW celebrates 25 years jubilee during Cph Jazzfestival 2019. They have released five albums together.
2016 – : BonNoir Trio with Simon Winse (BF/FR) and Ayi Solomon (GH/DK)
Concerts in DK and France. Release Album MALA in 2022
2016 – : Rhythm & Wind. Cooperation with Ghanaian flutist, composer, and bandleader Dela Botri
KS meets Dela Botri during a tour with Another World in Ghana 2015. They start working together regularly in both DK and Ghana. Together they form Rhythm & Wind
Together they write music including musicians from DK, Ghana and Burkina Faso. They perform the new compositions during Cph Jazzfestial 2018 with ”Rhythm & Wind Nonet”, and perform and record after this also in smaller constellations.
Soloist with Dela Botri & Hewale Sounds
Concerts and workshops in Ghana 2016,17,18,19, 22
In 2019 Botri and Suwalski also perform with 80-year-old Ghanaian legend musician Agya Koonimo in Kumasi, Ghana.
Soloist with Simon Winse Group Dangada:
Jazz a Ouaga, Burkina Faso 2018
Epernay France 2019
Cooperation since 1990 with pianist Marie Schmidt
Concerts in DK, Greenland 2021, Germany 2022. Release the album Little Boat in 2001
2016: Music Across Borders: Documentary by Ghanaian filmmaker Dr. Gameli Tordzro about Katrine Suwalski and her musical language. The movie has been shown in Ghana, DK, Scotland, US
Concerts for Children:
2004 -: Trommetrolden (the Drum Troll) – release Trommetroldens Sange 2008
2015-: Verden i Verden
2018- :Trækfuglene (Migratory Birds)
2018: Drømmerejse med åbne øjne (Dreaming with eyes open)
CD Releases in own name:
MALA: BonNoir Trio 2022, Gateway Music: katsuw 010
What I Mean (single): Botri/Suwalski 2020, Gateway Music: katsuw 009
Ghana Calling: Botri/Suwalski 2019, Gateway Music: katsuw 008
A Night in Accra (single): Botri/Suwalski 2017, Gateway Music: katsuw 007
Another World: The Blessing, feat. Morten Carlsen & Kristian von Späth, 2016, Gateway Music: katsuw 006
Another World: Message of Love, feat. John Tchicai, 2013 Gateway Music: katsuw 005
Trommetroldens Sange, 2008 Cope Records, copecd 148 – Music for kids
Another World , Rainbow Blues, 2004 Cope Records, copecd 089
Schmidt/Suwalski Kvartet, Little Boat, 2001 Music Mecca CD3043-2
Ghanaian Inspiration: River Pra,1996 Music Mecca CD1092-2
Recordings as a sideman:
2021: Featured soloist on the song Arise Africa, released by Ghanaian singer Lozo
2019: Contribute together with Dela Botri to two tracks released by Ghanaian singer and rap artist Trigmatic
Ayi Solomon: Life Force, Gateway 2010
Charlotte Thorsen: Et, 2003, Cope Records
Donald Rubinstein: Long Parade, 2001, blue horse records
Donald Rubinstein: Maya, 2000, desert link records
Agoro Band: Edwuma Edwuma!, 2001, Cope Records Cope CD013
2019 og 2022: New music performed at Tidløs Festival, Roskilde Musikforening
2016-: Member of international group Ha Orchestra, led by Dr. Gameli Tordzro (GH) – concerts in Scotland 2017 and 2019
2016: Musician in “Broken World, Broken Word” dance theatre play, with Noyam Dance ensemble, Ghana
2016-: Teach saxophone, improvisation ao. at Roskilde Musiske Skole, Denmark
2014: Compose music to poems by Michael Levin (US), performed at Cornelias Street Café, New York
2011-2022: Chairperson of the board of Copenhagen Jazzclub “Paradise Jazz”
2004– : Member of the Danish Composers Association: Tone Art