Muse of Chaos (queer-pagan-doom-avant-metal)
Queer because she doesn't admit gender identity
Pagan because she's against all religions
Doom because her music is slow, physical and piercing
Avant because her sound is not current
Metal because it's inside her
?Alos is this and much more: music, performance, dance, political activism, social critic, history, feminism, anarchy.
?Alos is the shape of chaos.
In the Romagna dialect, the word azdora refers to the mistress of a house, the mother of a family, the woman in charge, the only person who bears the responsibility of the household. It is a term connected to care and the female world; the azdora is not allowed any destructive attitude and bestowed with high power and authority in the family’s geometries, yet she can’t afford absences or counterproductive feelings as their cost would be the failure of the oikonomia.
Markus Öhrn, starting from this figure and as a tribute to his own grandmother Eva Britt from northern Sweden, engages in a deeper exploration of the azdora’s real character in their context. During a long residency in Santarcangelo, Öhrn gathered some azdore and built with and for them, performative situations, where their most obscure and destructive character could finally emerge. The azadore inhabit the Spazio Saigi dedicated to them, inviting the audience to partake and discover what it doesn’t know yet. The result resembles a black metal/nosie ritual put together by the azdore from Romagna and Markus Öhrn, in collaboration with ?Alos, musician and an experimental performer, member of the band OvO.
Markus Öhrn is a Swedish visual artist, who studied at the Konstfack (Stockholm). He works with different formats, from dramaturgy to video installation and music performances. He presented his work in different contexts, festivals and international theatres, among others, the Avignon Festival and Transamériques (Montréal). In 2015 his work is presented for the first time in Italy.
Concept Markus Öhrn
In collaboration with Jakob Öhrman and ?Alos
with Ivana Assirelli; Maria Bernardi; Martina Bianchi; Pia Boccali; Barbara Bugli; Susanna Calandrini; Paola Carlini; Adele Casadio; Daniela Ceccarelli De Nicola; Fabiola Crudeli; Maria Di Domenico; Marta Gamberini; Maria Teresa Gnoli; Viviana Gnoli; Valeria Gordini; Verdiana Gordini; Miria Malucelli; Teresa Margheritini; Susan Theresa Mckelvie; Doriana Nardi; Giuliana Pagliarani; Manuela Pedrini; Delia Pilotto; Maria Teresa Polverelli; Monica Polverelli; Clara Previato; Fiorella Ricci; Felicia Roca; Iliana Rossi; Alida Santini; Maria Luisa Soldati; Vilma Zaghini
special project Santarcangelo 2015
artist in residence Santarcangelo 2015
production Santarcangelo Festival Internazionale del Teatro in Piazza
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?Alos "Matrice" review on CVLT Nation by Mattia Alagna :
"?Alos is a solo noise/drone/industrial project by Stefania Pedretti of notorious Italian sludge/noise behemoths OVO, a band that needs no fucking introdcution whatsoever – just look them up, they rule and have toured the world and released amazing albums for twenty years now. In ?Alos, Stefania approaches sludge and noise from a different perspective, approaching it from the trajectory of industrial music. The drum machines are crushing and the soundscapes are absolutely mesmerizing and haunting. If you like shit like Black Boned Angel, Nadja, Jesu, and Halo and other more electronic-based stuff like Necro Deathmort, Skinny Puppy, Scorn and Final, then you will love ?Alos’s brutal and cybernetic take on industrial doom and sludge.!