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.
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.
Kendra Amalie is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and new media artist combining technology and tradition to estimate the sound of modern folk. In her latest musical incarnation, she plays fingerstyle guitar on an acoustic/electric 12-string accompanied by motion controlled synths.