The Cedar Presents
MARIELLE ALLSCHWANG AND THE VISITATIONS' Precession of a Day: The World of Mary Nohl with Chris Rosenau (of Volcano Choir)
Saturday, January 18th, 2020 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
$20 Advance, $22 Day of Show
This is a seated show with general admission, first-come-first-served seating. The Cedar is happy to reserve seats for patrons who require special seating accommodations. To request access accommodations, please go to our Access page.
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About Precession of a Day: The World of Mary Nohl
Milwaukee-based songwriter and performer Marielle Allschwang, whose work has been called “aurally-enthralling and emotionally-arresting,” enlists The Visitations to present Precession of a Day: The World of Mary Nohl—a song cycle and multimedia performance exploring the unconventional life and artist-built environment of Mary Nohl (1914-2001). Utilizing a variety of musical styles and approaches—informed by the pastoral symphonies and mountain folk music of Allschwang's Germanic and Filipino roots, commingled with Handel’s arias, highlife, metal, and new wave—alongside a film composed from intimate footage in and around Nohl’s home on the shore of Lake Michigan—Allschwang mines her early childhood encounters with and subsequent return to Nohl’s environment to explore the biographical, visual, and social aspects of Nohl’s multifaceted life, work, and legacy.
For half a century, Mary Nohl tirelessly transformed her home, inside and out, into an artist-built environment on the shores of Lake Michigan. Her radical rootedness to place, her distinct visual language, staggering range of media, and autonomy became infamous. Locals often called her the “Witch of Fox Point”— to which she responded with poignant humor, addressing her friends with “Greetings & Salutations & Boo” in mimeographed newsletters. Despite holding a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and owning her own pottery shop in Milwaukee, Nohl remains pegged as an “outsider.” Nohl’s marginalization and its implications are as relevant today as it was in the 1940s, when she dared to travel the world, mix cement in her bathtub, create graphic novels, and run a business, all on her own. Allschwang and her band take a deep dive into a little-known and astoundingly prolific, complicated artist deserving much more renown.
Precession is produced by David Ravel, former Artistic Director of Alverno Presents in Milwaukee, WI and producer of such critically acclaimed works as Bellowing Sun (Mind Over Mirrors) and American Klassiks (Klassik).
About Marielle Allschwang & The Visitations:
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. “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 featured on several year-end “Best Albums of Milwaukee” lists and lauded for its “Lynchian beauty and grace.” 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 May 2019, Marielle Allschwang & The Visitations released VISITATIONS IV, which has been praised as “incredible” and “extremely focused” (Matt Wild), and on which The Visitations make “[the last 20+ years of Milwaukee post-rock] thunder and glisten” (Evan Rytlewski, Shepherd Express). Marielle Allschwang & The Visitations—comprised of Adam Michael Krause, Nathaniel Heuer, Thomas Duffey, and Ken Palme—have been making songs thunder and glisten in various iterations for over a decade.
About Chris Rosenau
Chris Rosenau is a guitar player and founding member of seminal instrumental post-rock band Pele, American music ensemble Collections of Colonies of Bees, and Indie rock band Volcano Choir with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. He has performed for over 20 years with these bands throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. His approach to the guitar takes the roots of Americana filtered through modern composition and technology. Using multiple amps and a palette of looping effects, he's crafted a unique style that's as uplifting and melodic as it is bold and adventurous.
Throughout his music career, he has also written and performed rare solo compositions. This performance at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis opening for Marielle Allschwang and the Visitations' "Precession of a Day: The World of Mary Nohl" is no exception. Chris will be preparing a solo performance specific to the spirit of the evening, intended to meld with and set the stage for MATV's "Precession".
Precession of a Day: The World of Mary Nohl has been commissioned by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Milwaukee Film, Wisconsin Union Theater/UW Madison, and the Cedar Cultural Center. Additional funding has been provided by the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.