July 30, 1970 |
Bern, canton of Berne, Switzerland
As a child she got lessons in harpsichord, playing baroque music. At the age of 17 she went to Los Angeles where she went to a High School attending music lessons on a daily basis, being part of an ensemble that toured the US and Canada. She then studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands (among others with Jeanne Lee and Rachel Gould ) earning a Master's Degree in performance and pedagogy (graduating cum laude). She also became a student of famed Indian classical singer and composer Dr. Prabha Atre in Mumbai. Susanne Abbuehl studied composition with Dutch composer Diderik Wagenaar.
In 2001, her CD "April" was released at German Label ECM. "April" won an Edison (Dutch grammy). Since then, she tours with her band and other leading jazzmusicians through Europe, North America and Africa, playing a.o. in Montreal, Maputo, Cape Town, Rome, Paris, Zurich, Oslo, and other European cities. In May 2006, her CD "Compass" was released on ECM, (a.o. with Michel Portal). 2013 saw the release of "The Gift" for ECM Records.
In her work, influences of classical music and traditional European music can be found. Her artistic identity is characterized by reduction to minimalistic instrumentation and arrangements and can be described as chamber jazz.
Susanne Abbuehl is professor for jazz voice and ensemble at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts as well as at the HEMU Lausanne. She has taught masterclasses throughout Europe.
In 2013, her radio play "Der Gaukler Tag" was nominated for the Prix Marulic.
- I Am Rose, 1997, with Christof May, Marc van Roon and Wolfert Brederode
- April, 2000, with Christof May, Wolfert Brederode and Samuel Rohrer
- Compass, 2006, with Christof May, Michel Portal, Wolfert Brederode and Lucas Niggli
- The Gift, 2013, with Matthieu Michel, Wolfert Brederode and Olavi Louhivouri