Giovanna Pessi / Susanna K. Wallumrød | If Grief Could Wait | ECM 2226



Giovanna Pessi was born in Basel, Switzerland, and began playing the harp at age 7. From 1995 to 2000 she studied historical harps with Edward Witsenburg in Den Haag and Heidrun Rosenzweig at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland. From 2000 to 2002, Giovanna Pessi completed her studies with the Norwegian lutenist Rolf Lislevand at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen, Germany. As a soloist and accompanist specialized in early music she performed with various musicians such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Konrad Junghänel, Marc Minkowski, Harry Bicket, Philippe Pierlot, Rolf Lislevand. From 2004 to 2010 Giovanna Pessi worked with Norwegian pianist and composer Christian Wallumrød. As a member of his group the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble she started to explore contemporary music on the baroque harp.

Norwegian singer and songwriter Susanna K. Wallumrød started the duo Susanna and the Magical Orchestra with keyboardist Morten Qvenild in 2000, and has released five albums to date with the duo and also issued recordings as simply Susanna. Besides playing with Qvenild, Pål Hausken, and Helge Sten on a regular basis she has also collaborated with The White Birch, Jenny Hval, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, The Cairo Gang, Ensemble Neon and others.

A great contemporary exponent of the nyckelharpa, the Swedish keyed fiddle, Marco Ambrosini was born in Italy and studied violin and composition in the Pergolesi Musical Institute in Ancona and the Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro. He has played with the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana and numerous chamber orchestras, ensembles of early, baroque and contemporary music. In 1982 he co-founded the international ensemble Oni Wytars and since 1990 performs as soloist with the Clemencic Consort in Vienna.


He debuted as a soloist and nyckelharpa player at La Scala in Milan. Ambrosini has appeared on more than 100 CD productions, spanning all options from early music to collaborations with jazz musicians.

Jane Achtman began playing medieval fiddle at age nine and picked up the viol shortly thereafter. After receiving her degree in early music at the Akademie für Alte Musik in Bremen, Germany (viola with Sarah Cunningham) and further studies with Mary Springfels in Chicago, she was awarded a DAAD stipend to continue her studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. In 1997 she founded the ensemble Musicke&Mirth together with Irene Klein. Since its formation the ensemble has developed various programs in different constellations. It has been successful at competitions, winning prizes at the Dorian/EMA Recording Competition, the Premio Bonporti and the Van Wassenaer Concours.

Two CDs have been published by Raumklang: Musicke&Mirth – Music for two Lyra Viols (2001) and Die Spinne im Netz (2004) Jane is a member of the ensembles The Harp Consort, Accentus and Unicorn. She has worked with Kees Boeke, Pedro Memelsdorff, René Jacobs and Michael Hofstetter and performed in opera productions and as a soloist with the L’Orchestre de Chambre Genéve.