Onderstuur is a series of concerts that Doornroosje organizes together with Extrapool. Tonight, Elif Yalvaç and Aya Metwalli will perform at Extrapool.
Elif Yalvaç makes music using a wide array of instruments that include guitars, synthesizers, field recordings and even a Gameboy. She is known all across the world, having been reviewed by The Guardian, Electronic Sound and The Wire, next to a number of international live performances and broadcast (BBC Radio 6 and Radio 3, among others).
Her works include contradictions: micro sound interferences and slow builds; heavenly beauty and abrasive energy. Next to her solo project, she also collaborated with others, including with experimental rock project Diaries of Destruction in March 2022 and on her album “Green Drift” with Expert Sleepers (September 2022). Her most recent work “My Heart of Noise” (Möller Records, April 2023) is a collaborative effort with 9 artists from Scandinavia.
Aya Metwalli is an Egyptian singer, songwriter, composer-performer and improviser, especially skilled at singing microtonal Arabian maqam. She grew up in Cairo, where her father played Oum Kalthoum songs non-stop throughout her childhood. He was the one with the prettiest voice in the family and who was always singing at home and during family and friend gatherings. Long before she could form a music taste of her own, Aya was already offered a large repertoire of classic Arabian songs and melodies that are now part of her DNA. Aya started playing the piano at the age of five and had her first solo performance shortly thereafter. She practiced the piano with a private tutor and had vocal training as well during her days in school as she fronted the school choir. At the age of seventeen, she bought an acoustic guitar and learned herself to play the instrument while getting her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She put bedroom covers online on YouTube and started writing and composing her own music. She released a number of singles on SoundCloud, which also helped her to find an online audience. She started performing live in 2011, playing acoustic shows in cafes and on small stages throughout Cairo.