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 – 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 accordion 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 accordionist 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 done solo-DIY-tours 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 one and a half years.
In 2018, her performance at the renowned 4-day Popfest Wien (Vienna Pop Festival), accompanied by her new band on cello and violin, was described as “one of the most touching, most intimate and at the same time most entertaining performances of the whole Popfest.”
Her long-awaited first professional studio album “When I’m enlightened, everything will be better” has just been released, in September 2019. The songs tell personal stories, wrapped in the magical language of poetry, dreams, sagas – weaving tales of sublime inspiration, light-hearted humour, bitter-sweet irony and profound sadness that touch the highest and deepest chords of human experience: these songs stay with you.