Nadah El Shazly is an experimental Egyptian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. Her work both radically reinvents the early 20th century popular music of her homeland and boldly explores new sonic frontiers. Coming up performing Misfits covers and jazz standards in the Cairo underground, she has expounded on her DIY roots with a droning, cerebral, highly poetic sound that has positioned the artist at the center of the booming North African avant-garde. Her acclaimed debut album, 2017’s "Ahwar," was written and recorded by El Shazly on a computer between Egypt and Montreal. Swirling, lavish instrumentation was later arranged, working in collaboration with renowned figures from the improv/contemporary classical scene - Maurice Louca and Sam Shalabi (mem. The Dwarfs of East Agouza, Land of Kush). The album placed on many year-end lists, including The Wire magazine's best of 2017.
Marielle Allschwang’s voice has been described as “a timeless instrument, full of sadness, beauty, and independence, rooted in the fertile ground of Americana but twisted into the wilding sky of the avant-garde” (Milwaukee Record). Her performances “[command] the stage with hushed intensity” (Shepherd Express).
Allschwang’s debut album, Dead Not Done (Gloss Records, 2015) was featured on several year-end “Best Albums of Milwaukee” lists and lauded for its “Lynchian beauty and grace.” Her video for "Aquarium" (co-produced with Heather Hass) screened at domestic and international film festivals, and received RadioMilwaukee’s “Music Video of the Year” in 2017.Allschwang leads the Visitations, and contributes vocals, instrumentation, songwriting, and dance to Hello Death, Group of the Altos, and Collections of Colonies of Bees (with which Allschwang toured with Sylvan Esso, opened for Bon Iver, and performed at Eaux Claires Troix festival). Allschwang performed in three iterations of Jon Mueller's Death Blues.