Ingeborg von Agassiz has lived various lives: a songstress in bar halls, an accompanist in churches, a teacher of small children, and a painter, to name a few. In northern Minnesota, churches and bars define much of existence--where people go for answers, to celebrate life’s blessings, and to mourn life’s losses. Ingeborg’s music explores these ups and downs of life with the playfulness, curiosity, and confidence of a child. Raised as Emma Rustan in Oklee, Minnesota, a town of 400 people, she has since made her home in Duluth. The name Ingeborg von Agassiz celebrates her great grandmother for whom she was named and the region of the massive ancient glacial Lake Agassiz region she hails from. After a life of studying music, playing piano since she was a small child, and teaching students piano, voice, and guitar lessons as an adult, she began writing songs in earnest in 2012. She started recording herself with a minimal setup at home, building catchy and deceptively simple arrangements of songs, influenced by songwriters as far-spanning as SIA and Moondog. Expanding her home engineering into a live one-woman band, she performs using an impressive array of keyboards, loopers, and samplers. Her performance turned heads in Duluth. “Seemingly out of nowhere,” wrote the Duluth Tribune, “an artist going by ‘Ingeborg von Agassiz’ started booking shows around Duluth and wowed audiences with fully formed songs and a unique stage appearance.” 2018 sees the release of her debut album, O Giver of Dreams, on March 1st, and many Ingeborg von Agassiz performances to come.
- Ben Willis