Nadah El Shazly is a Cairo-based producer, singer, and performer whose ethereal songcraft assimilates impulses from improvised and electronic idioms into an otherworldly modernization of the classical music of Al-Nahda, the Arabic renaissance. Shazly cut her teeth fronting a Misfits cover band and singing jazz standards before discovering the futuristic sensibilities latent in Egyptian music predating the 1940s. Studying the Arabic maqam and delving into granular synthesis, she wrote her acclaimed debut album, 2017’s Ahwar, on a computer between Egypt and Canada, later giving it a lavish instrumental arrangement in collaboration with Maurice Louca and Sam Shalabi, both members of The Dwarfs of East Agouza with Alan Bishop and central figures in Cairo’s new wave. From its diabolically pitch-shifted vocal introduction through to brooding trip-hop beats, African jazz workouts, and lilting bağlama expansions, Ahwar fulfills its title’s invocation of the marshlands, with El Shazly’s soaring voice as the listener’s guide through the unfamiliar.
Nadah El Shazly will be accompanied by Shayna Dulberger on bass.
Shayna Dulberger is an upright bassist, electric bassist and tape collage artist. She has been living and working in NYC since 2001.
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