Nancy Mounir

As a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, Nancy Mounir plays a central role in the alternative music scene of Cairo. Her music can be heard accompanying theatre plays, movies and art exhibitions, and since many years back she also plays the violin in the Egyptian metal band Massive Scar Era.

Visiting Clandestino Festival, Nancy Mounir brings her very special project Nozhet El Nofous (“Promenade of the Souls”), a back-to-the-future-like music history that breathes new life into  Egyptian recordings from the 1920s. For example the voice of theatre diva Mounira El Mahdiyya, or the gender-fluent singers Abdellatif El Banna and Saleh Abdelhay. 

Around these vocal fragments, she constructs new compositions that call for a nine-person setting, including piano, theremin, woodwinds – and a local string quartet led by Josefin Runsteen and featuring musicians from The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and The Gothenburg Opera. The instruments move delicately around the recorded voices, creating a contemporary framework without superseding the sorrow and drama in these transmissions from the past.

This concert is part of an artist in residence program in collaboration with Folkets Hus Hammarkullen and The administration for cultural development in the Västra Götaland region.