Music Connects.

Ampersand is about connection. This is the credo of the art pop duo Maria Antonia Schmidt (DE) and Alex Smalley (UK), who began collaborating in August 2019 after they met traveling.

Their music is a kaleidoscopic journey of catharsis and intimacy. Experimental sound-art colliding with hooky pop. Maria's voice combines a familiar vulnerability and an optimistic female strength; whilst Alex provides a backbone of physical percussion and energetic washes of ambience.


In summer 2020 the Guatemalan cellist Mabi Fratti was invited to balance and expand the projects electronics with more organic textures. The band is currently working with various visual artists to explore the musics colorful aesthetic.

They hope to publish their debut album 'Pan' before the end of 2021.