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.

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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:

Paris 2017

Jazz a Ouaga, Burkina Faso 2018

Epernay France 2019


Schmidt/Suwalski Duo

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