Alwa Glebe (* April 1, 1960 as Susanne Gronemann in Hanover) is a German artist, singer and musician. 

 

An early and pronounced interest in all kind of arts, especially in music and poetry was the decisive influence in her youth. 

 

At the end of 1979 she was a co-founder (keyboards) of the German-British New Wave band Index Sign. After recording two albums (“Entrance”, “Second Exposure”/ No Fun Records), various concerts in 1981 and 1982 and a tour as „special guests“ with Simple Minds, the band broke up at the end of 1982.

 

From 1983 to 1986 there was a time of artistic reorientation, which led to longer stays abroad in San Francisco (USA) and Glasgow (Scotland).

 

After various jobs as a DJ, in sales and as a freelance copywriter, Alwa Glebe studied philosophy and New German literature at university in Hanover and Berlin when the wall came down. 

 

In 1997, studio recordings took place for the first time under the artist name Alwa Glebe in Nuremberg. At the end of the 90s, "Debut" was the first German-language album released on Cuptose Records. In 2005, the second album called "Irrlichter" was released on DO OR DIE and finally established Alwa Glebe in scene circles as "Dark Chanteuse". Both albums also received an unexpectedly great response abroad.

 

After a break due to illness, Alwa Glebe came in contact with the neurologist and aura expert Dr. Klaus Podoll. Their  collaboration began in 2008 and was the basis of his internationally acclaimed work "Migraine Aura as Source of Artistic Inspiration in the German 'Dark Chanteuse' Alwa Glebe" (Neurology of Music / F. Clifford Rose, London 2010). Together they accepted numerous invitations for academic broadcasts (including German WDR TV, French-German ARTE TV ) and to the Nietzsche Society conference in Weimar.

 

In 2007 work began on the first international documentary about migraines "Out of my head" by the New York film team Susanna Styron and Jackie Ochs with participation of Alwa Glebe. The DVD bonus track “Part of me” took place in Alwa Glebes studio in Thuringia.

 

After years of preparation  the third album "Against the pain" was released at the end of 2019 on Cuptose Records. Hand-played, minimalist arrangements of Alwa Glebes own compositions and the acoustic closeness of her voice were the focus of this production. Two cover versions by Bryan Ferry and Lou Reed as well as a poem by Emily Dickinson completed the album. 

 

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