Marielle Allschwang—vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and member of some of Milwaukee’s finest ensembles (Collections of Colonies of Bees, Hello Death)—sits at the center of the band she has named The Visitations, where she "[commands] the stage with hushed intensity" (Evan Rytlewski, Shepherd Express). At times gentle and beautiful, at others brutal and terrifying, “Allschwang’s voice seems familiar: it’s 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” (Matt Wild, Milwaukee Record).
Allschwang’s debut album, Dead Not Done, was released on cassette on Gloss Records in 2015; it was featured on year-end “Best Albums of Milwaukee” lists by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Shepherd Express, and Milwaukee Record, who lauded its “Lynchian beauty and grace." Allschwang's video for "Aquarium," which she produced alongside its director, Heather Hass, received RadioMilwaukee's 2017 Music Video of the Year Award. "Aquarium" was released along with a vinyl edition of "Dead Not Done," designed by Rob Carmichael of SEEN Studio. In June 2018, Allschwang released the "Marcus & Ramona/Married" ep with plans for a release of a full length record, VISITATIONS IV, in late 2018/early 2019. Night Gatherings: A Ritual in Four Acts was self-recorded and released October 17, 2018.
Previous to contributing vocals and dance (the latter in collaboration with choreographer Dawn Springer) to Collections of Colonies of Bees and violin, guitar, and vocals to Hello Death, Allschwang performed violin and vocals in Group of the Altos, having recorded on both of their full lengths "Altos" and "R U Person or Not." She also was with Altos for their milestone performances of ALTOS: EARTH—a live original score to Aleksandr Dovzhenko's masterpiece "Earth (Zemlya)" (co-commissioned by Alverno Presents and Milwaukee Film)—and Joe Westerlund's "Grandma Sparrow and the Piddletractor Orchestra" (Alverno Presents). Allschwang performed in Jon Mueller's Death Blues "No Time Like the Present," "Here," and "Ensemble" iterations.
Allschwang's violin contributions range from folk/pop to (primarily) avant-garde projects: her instrumental cv includes a guest appearance on Field Report's "Fergus Falls", a collaboration with Druome on a split CD shared with Daniel Menche, a performance with Ken Montgomery (Generator Sound Art Gallery), Andrea Beeman (Crash Course in Science), and Adam Michael Krause on "Moon Ragas" (performed live at The Stone in 2013), and, most recently, improvisational contributions to Tom Hamilton's latest work, "City of Vorticity" (performed alongside Hamilton, Jon Mueller, Rick Aaron, and Steve Nelson-Raney) as part of Woodland Pattern's Alternating Currents Live series curated by Hal Rammel. In addition to ongoing sonic explorations, Allschwang is also a writer of essays and a multidisciplinary artist, having performed contemporary dance to thousands of audience members during the Collections of Colonies of Bees tour with Sylvan Esso, exhibited work in video and print media in Boston, Wellesley (MA), and Milwaukee, and created/mentored/taught as a resident artist at RedLine MKE. Allschwang continues to combine her visual arts and music practices through her artist print editions of Night Gathering, and a project currently in production about revered Milwaukee-based artist, Mary L. Nohl.
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Adam Michael Krause’s writing and solo recordings are one-of-a-kind: powerful, surprisingly moving, direct, concise, eloquent. In addition to his published works on art, politics, and activism, Krause founded Red Earth Press to serve as producer and purveyor of DIY books and art on environmental issues. He contributes guitar, musical saw, tape loops, and auxiliary percussion to Allschwang’s debut album and Visitations-era recordings and live performances.
Nathaniel Heuer is the founder of Heuer Woodworking and a formally trained upright bassist. He is the principle songwriter for Milwaukee band Hello Death, of which Allschwang is also a member, and has recorded and performed in Group of the Altos and Death Blues. An engaged organizer and collaborator, Heuer has directed video and co-curated Alverno Presents: Prince Uncovered, among many other things. In 2017, Heuer opened The Chair Company, a studio space founded in partnership with composer and engineer Lawton Hall, in Bay View, WI.