…is a cosmopolitan Prague-based musician, singer, producer and composer (Sofia-Tamara Shmidt). Although she studied classical piano, singing and choral conducting, she made her mark in the Czech electronic music scene. Her music is an ethereal mixture of soft vocals, synthesisers and musical experiments. It is a dreamy mix of melancholic downtempo and dark pop - ambient. Sofia’s compositions stand out because of her holistic approach, which contributes to the overall authenticity of her expression
Sofia produces, records and mixes all her music by herself in a bedroom music studio.
Awali plays mostly in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. She played on venues such as Roxy/NoD, Palac Akropolis (Support Act for Jessie Ware; Support Act for Snow Ghosts), Tschechisches Zentrum Berlin, Devin Radio (Bratislava, SK). Festivals: Lunchmeat 2018, Euroconnections, United Islands, Zizkovska noc, Electronic Crossroads (Colours of Ostrava) etc.. She is actively involved in collaborating with other artists, working on remixes, soundtracks for fashion shows and discovering new horizons of creativity in electronic music.
I am a combination of classically trained pianist and choir conductor, self-taught singer and laptop musician. I do visuals, compose music, do sound design, write lyrics, record and mix tracks by myself. All of it allows me to work in a way that enhances the ambient/ acoustic charm, but also gives it a new dimension and edge;
My compositions are imaginative and poetic expression of the finest nuances of feelings through the prism of sound.
2014: EP Breadcrumbs was released.
2015: album Between Significant.
April: Awali performed at Palac Akropolis as a support act for Snow Ghosts at the Euroconnections Prague Festival.
Awali was nominated for the Czeching 2015 competition.
2016: Awali released album White Silence, with which she performed at Žižkovská noc, Boskovice and other venues/festivals.
2017: Awali worked on a new album and her track appeared on the Xion compilation, which was released on the label "Krmelec Recordings".
track Once When got on the 1. position in the Czech-Slovak music chart, Radio 1 - Velka Sedma.
2018: released her third album - Ad Astra, release party took place at the Museum of Music in Time Cafe.
With the new album, Awali played in Roxy / NoD as a support act for Annelie (SWE) and in autumn 2018 with Lilly Among Clouds (DE).
Festivals where Awali played in 2018: Cool v Plote, Fiskulet, Žižkovska Noc, Electronic Mission (Czech Music Crossroads by Colors of Ostrava), Female is the Future (SK), Bíno (CZ), Lunchmeat 2018 (CZ).
Awali performed at the Tschechisches Zentrum Berlin where introduced her single Through Love from the upcoming album.
2019: 4th album release: “Embodied”. It received positive reaction from public and was introduced during the tour around Czech republic and Slovakia.
Musiczone.cz: "Awali are one of the bright discoveries of this year, at least for anyone who likes electronic music, in this case it's softer, quieter and sophisticated side."
Sgrgldr.com: "Awali‘s debut album Between Significant is such a jewel. It simply gives you shivers, mostly painful ones. Based on a relatively pure concept – a piano and vocals, occasionally accompanied by a cello and distant samples – the twelve tracks push the boundaries of psychological effects a record may have on a listener, evoking strong visual imaginations of dreamy sceneries and encounters that never took place. It’s so powerful the plastic bag of American Beauty would be dying for such a soundtrack."
Fullmoonzine.cz wrote: "with the mix of electronica, contemporary classical music and dreamy pop Awali proved to be a right choice as the the support act. No wonder Awali is called one of the biggest names from the smallest category (the alternative music) of the domestic scene."
Musicus.cz wrote: "..this way Awali is artfully balancing somewhere between mental nutritious food for intellectuals and pleasant soundtrack for a lazy rainy afternoon.."
"Right on first hearing it is musically exceptional project with the global sound. Ambient electronics that will caress. Amazing vocals."
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