Bands

Below you can explore the musical constellations that I work with as a bandleader or co-leader.

I play concerts and do workshops for all age groups with a bunch of wonderful musicians both in Denmark and internationally.

All bands are active and currently available for booking in 2022 and 2023. 

For booking encounters see

BonNoir trio

The international BonNoir Trio draw inspiration from Jazz, Blues and it’s roots in African Rhythm.  Simon, who is now based in Paris, plays traditional instruments from Burkina Faso.  Virtuoso percussionist Ayi Solomon, born and raised in Ghana, has lived in Denmark for more than 30 years, plays Djembe and Calabash. Danish tenor player Katrine Suwalski’s lyrical and powerful sax blends in beautifully with the acoustic Westafrican instruments.

The three musicians are all both composers and instrumentalists and they tour all over the world with their music. 

The music of BonNoir Trio is groovy and meditative with lots of space for improvisation and the magic and of the moment.

In July 22 they release their first album MALA

Line up:
Simon Winse: Flute Peule, N’Goni, Vocal and L’Arc a bouche.
Katrine Suwalski: Saxophone, Flute, Vocal
Ayi Solomon: Percussion

 

Katrine Suwalski Another World

The orchestra have played and toured regularly since 1994. Over the years They have released  five albums, presenting jazz compositions mainly by Katrine Suwalski.
The band features some of the best musicians of the Danish Jazz- and Worldmusic scene.
As a composer Katrine is inspired by great jazz composers such as Duke Ellington and Abdullah Ibrahim.

Line up:

Katrine Suwalski – Saxophone

Lis Wessberg – Trombone

Rikke Schelde – Piano/Vocal

Jens Skou Olsen – Bass

Ayi Solomon – Percussion

Benita Haastrup – Drums

Rhythm & Wind

Rhytm & Wind is an international collaboration between Danish saxophonist Katrine Suwalski and Ghanaian flutist Dela Botri.

The music explores the border between Jazz and West African drum music tradition. The West African rhythms that make up the jazz roots, come here in their acoustic form.

“Our idea is beyond finding a common musical language, bringing the rich rhythmic tradition into the future,” says Katrine and Dela.

The two met in Ghana in 2015 during one of Katrine’s visits. Since then, they have appeared as guest musicians in each other’s orchestras, both in Denmark and Ghana. In 2017/18 they started writing music together. A new music comprising percussion and horns, Rhythm & Wind.  Part of their music was released on the duo albums A Night in Accra (single 2017) and  Ghana Calling (2018).

When they perform the size of the band varies from 2-9 musicians, depending on the occasion.

During Cph Jazzfestival 2021 they appeared as a quartet with Ayi Solomon (GH) on percussion and Kora player from Senegal/Sweden Lamine Cissokho (Sen/S) on the Kora.

Line up:

Dela Botri (GH): Antenteben Flute, Percussion, Vocal

Katrine Suwalski (DK): Saxophone

 

During the corona curfew the duo produced a number of handheld videos presenting music from their newly released duo album Ghana Calling. Watch here

Rhythm & Wind debut concert took place during Cph Jazzfestival 2018 where they presented a nonet consisting of leading musicians from Ghana, Denmark and Burkina Faso. See video here.

 

Schmidt/Suwalski Duo

Schmidt/Suwalski Duo has played together and explored  musical ideas for decades, which is heard in their closely knit and playful interplay. They play a repertoire of original compositions mixed with a couple of standards in the line of Ellington, Monk ao
They released the album Little Boat in 2001, including also cello and percussion in some of the tunes.


In 2021 they played a concert at the impressive Icefjord Centre in Ilulissat, Greenland.

Line up:

Katrine Suwalski – Saxophone

Marie Schmidt – Piano

 

Katrine Suwalski Group

In 2020 Katrine Suwalski formed a new group experimenting with a more electric sound – now using electric keyboard and electric bass, with a focus on a vibrant groove combined with lyrical melodies and open improvised soundscapes.

Line up:
Katrine Suwalski: Saxophone, Flute, Vocal
Anders Gerup: Keyboard
Thomas Fonnesbæk: Bass
Anders Hvidberg: Percussion
Ayi Solomon: Percussion

Concerts for Kids - coming soon

TRÆKFUGLENE

TROMMETROLDEN

DRØMMEREJSE MED ÅBNE ØJNE

VERDEN I VERDEN

Snoren (DK)
Musikalsk Workshop med jazzmusikerne Benita Haastrup og Katrine Suwalski. Med udgangspunkt i børnenes ideer og historier laver vi vores egen musik!
I fællesskab finder vi et grundtema som vi arbejder ud fra. Vores ideer hænger vi op på snoren, så vi kan huske dem og bygge videre på dem.

The World inside The World
We’re all creating the the world we live in together.
The orchestra is a symbol of comunication based on intimacy, openness, respect and cooperation. A trust-based and positive environment from where new ideas evolve.