Restless nomad and no-wave feminist trailblazer Lydia Lunch will appear in the context of Medusa’s Bed, which features two visionary collaborators: the experimental violinist Mia Zabelka and the sound artist Zahra Mani. In the project, Lunch’s haunting, terrifying vocals, Zalbeka’s avant-violin stylings, and Mani’s psycho-ambient soundscapes are braided together into a sinister radiophonic murder mystery.
Cairo-based Nadah El Shazly, another courageous female voice, will give a performance celebrating the November release of her debut album, Ahwar, on Khyam Allami’s Nawa Recordings. Recorded with a band and produced together with Maurice Louca & Sam Shalabi, the album is an intricately woven and poetically powerful answer to the reactionary world around her, which her lyrics so eloquently portray in the line “I drown in a sea of saliva of lunatics”.
Medusa’s Bed is a star-studded trio made up of no-wave feminist trailblazer Lydia Lunch, the experimental violinist Mia Zalbeka, and the sound artist Zahra Mani. It spans avant-garde, experimental, electro-acoustic, and new music, bringing together three distinct performers in a chilling, tough-as-nails live act.
Hailing from Cairo is the ever-thrilling vocalist Nadah El Shazly. Her debut album Ahwar emerged via Nawa Recordings, a label run by Khyam Allami focusing on Middle Eastern artists, in 2017. Ahwar was produced together with Maurice Louka and Sam Shalabi (of The Dwarfs of East Agouza), and takes its name from the Arabic word for “marshlands”.
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