Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, artist, and member of some of Milwaukee’s finest ensembles (Collections of Colonies of Bees, Hello Death), Marielle Allschwang sits at the center of the band she’s named The Visitations. “Allschwang’s voice [is] 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). Together, Allschwang, Adam Michael Krause, Nathaniel Heuer, Ken Palme, and Thomas Duffey make “[the last 20+ years of Milwaukee post-rock] thunder and glisten” (Shepherd Express).
Since releasing her debut album, Dead Not Done, which was lauded for its “Lynchian beauty and grace,” Marielle Allschwang & The Visitations released two full length albums, VISITATIONS IV and Precession of a Day: The World of Mary Nohl, both of which sat in the top five of Milwaukee’s “Best of 2019” lists, with VISITATIONS IV taking top honors from Milwaukee Record.
Her video for “Aquarium” (which she co-produced with Heather Hass) screened at film festivals internationally, received RadioMilwaukee’s 2017 “Music Video of the Year” award, and has been tagged by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as “the most artful and mesmerizing Milwaukee music video ever made.” In 2019, Allschwang and Visitations member Adam Michael Krause created an experimental film featuring the artist environment of Milwaukee legend Mary Nohl for the live multimedia performance of Precession of a Day: The World of Mary Nohl. Precession of a Day premiered at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in June 2019, and was performed at the Oriental Theatre in September 2019.
Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay is a recent graduate (B.A.) from Belmont University with English major and Art History minor. She is the 2016 Southeast Regional Poet Laureate and one of the five finalists for America’s National Youth Poet Laureate. In her role as the Nashville’s First Youth Poet Laureate in 2015, Mukhopadhyay has read original work at the City Council, Mayor Karl Dean’s State of Metro address, Nashville Public Library StudioNPL opening, MyCity Academy Graduation, TEDxNashville CREO Salon, and Mayor Megan Barry’s inauguration. She has been published in Nashville Arts Magazine, The Tennessean, Chapter 16, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Shanghai Literary Review, Atlas and Alice, The Felt, Indian Lit, and Poetry Society of America. Her first book “this is our war” was released through Penmanship Press in 2016. Her second book “everything is always leaving” was released through M.C. Sarkar & Sons in Kolkata, India in 2019. And also, very recently her poetry album ‘i don’t know anyone here’ has been published and released in Nashville, TN.