Illinois Wesleyan University

Oshwa: When a classical pianist goes wild

Oshwa: When a classical pianist goes wild

Chicago was a turning point for Oshwa founder Alicia Walter, both academically and professionally. Her growth as a musician followed a long, arduous period of creative and professional challenges.

After years of classical piano study, Walter left that rigid world, moved to the city and found her true musical calling. The city provided opportunities to meet fellow musicians as well as reject the formal structure that shaped her connection to creation. The progression to Oshwa's current sound — complex, heady, but still relatable — was a long process full of self-scrutiny for the vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and songwriter.

Walter grew up playing piano and began college as a...