Alicia Edelweiss is an Austro-British musician based in Vienna. She started her musical career as a street musician and travelled all over Europe for two years, setting off at the age of 19. On her quest for freedom and travelling without any money, she pretty soon discovered her passion and talent for music on the streets – back then solely armed with a guitar.
Settling in Portugal for a while, she recorded her first EP „I should have been overproduced“ (2012) three weeks after she began writing songs at all, due to a Portuguese friend she had just made that urged her to do so. The 7-track-EP was heavily influenced by the Anti-Folk movement in New York, which gave her courage to begin with song-writing. She also began to play the accordeon during her time in Portugal, which should become her trade-mark. Gradually getting bored by her existence as a hippy singer-songwriter, she decided to return to Vienna to explore new ways of performing and story-telling. While performing a lot solo she was also part of nomadic folk-punk band „Old Trees“ as the accordeonist for their tours in 2015 and joined the band of austro-pop singer „Voodoo Jürgens“ in 2016, the same year she also released her home-recorded debut album „Mother, how could you – a sick tragic comedy in 10 acts“. She has toured solo all over the Balkans, Austria, Germany, Poland, UK, France, Spain and Portugal and collaborated with many different musicians, performers and circus artists. She has done performances like „Komplett im Arsch – a tragic anti-opera“ (2016) or „Ich bin eine Ballerina“ (2018) in which she combines live music, dance and the circus arts all alone on stage. Recently there has been a documentary made about her called „The Sound of Alicia Edelweiss“ (2018) which follows her concerts and performances for more than a year.
“One of the most touching, most intimate and at the same time most entertaining performances of the whole Popfest.“ Popfest 2018, Vienna
„Alicia Edelweiss is the Austrian answer to Kimya Dawson, just filthier and more confident. Alicia Edelweiss invents a world of her own, where SOKO would pop by for tea. Where she would convince Regina Spektor to fit in a wrong chord once in a while.“ – enemy.at
“The best concert in ages (…) Alicia Edelweiss didn’t just give a concert, but a performance, maybe you could even call it a play – or opera! (…) indeed the best live show in a long time for me.” – Christian Pausch, Fm4