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Press Releases Walker Art Center and SPCO’s Liquid Music Series Present World Premiere by Composer/Vocalist Olga Bell: Origin/Outcome

“With a background in classical piano and a love for everything electronic, Bell’s music is her own confection—a world of layered beats, swirling synth textures, and sometimes poppy, sometimes haunting, but always beautiful vocals.” —The Consequence of Sound

Minneapolis, January 16, 2014—From ancient folk traditions to modern pop music, Olga Bell’s Origin/Outcome is a celebration of the hot-blooded human vernacular – the music to which we dance, eat, grieve and live. Hailed in The New York Times as a “powerful [new music] advocate,” composer/performer Bell (Dirty Projectors) unfolds a two-part evening of compelling new sounds featuring respected vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Angel Deradoorian (former Dirty Projectors), as well as Twin Cities- and Brooklyn-based musicians (including deVon Gray and Grey McMurray) and dazzling projections by video artist Alejandro Crawford (MGMT). Olga Bell performs Thursday, February 13, 8 pm, in the William and Nadine McGuire Theater. The evening begins with an intimate collaborative set by Bell and Deradoorian, followed by the world premiere of Bell’s nine-movement song cycle Krai – a richly-imagined sonic love letter to her Russian homeland. Together these works create an evocative mosaic of past and present, of intimacy and sprawling landscapes, serving the Twin Cities community with the freshest vision from a singular voice in the world of contemporary music.

Copresented with the SPCO’s Liquid Music series and the American Composers Forum. Please note: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra does not perform on this program.

Born in Moscow and raised in Alaska, Bell is an American composer, producer and performer based in Brooklyn. A prodigious classical pianist as a child and teenager, Bell graduated from the New England Conservatory at age 21 before moving to New York City to pursue electronic composition and songwriting. The past nine years have seen Bell’s steady rise from the city’s open mics to performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Bell makes original music, remixes and videos under her own name. As half of Nothankyou, Bell makes dance music with British musician Tom Vek. In 2012 Bell joined Dirty Projectors for the band’s Swing Lo Magellan cycle and remains a keyboardist and singer with the band today.

Tickets to Olga Bell are $20 ($18 Walker members) and are available at walkerart.org/tickets or by calling 612.375.7600


Support provided by Producers’ Council members Leni and David Moore, Jr.

The Walker Art Center’s performing arts programs are made possible by generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through the Doris Duke Performing Arts Fund, the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Producers’ Council
Performing Arts programs and commissions at the Walker are generously supported by members of the Producers’ Council: Russell Cowles; Sage Cowles; Nor Hall and Roger Hale; King’s Fountain/Barbara Watson Pillsbury and Henry Pillsbury; Emily Maltz; Dr. William W. and Nadine M. McGuire; Leni and David Moore, Jr.; Mike and Elizabeth Sweeney; and Frances and Frank Wilkinson.

Walker Art Center
One of the most celebrated art museums in the country, the Walker Art Center is known for presenting today’s most compelling artists, as well as modern masters, including Andy Warhol, Matthew Barney, Jasper Johns, Yoko Ono, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, and Kara Walker. In addition to traveling exhibitions and its world-renowned collection, the Walker presents a broad array of contemporary music, dance, and theater, and the best in film from around the world and down the block. The Walker’s 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the country’s largest urban sculpture parks. At its center is the beloved Twin Cities landmark—the playful fountain-sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry. The Garden features more than 40 works of art and the Cowles Conservatory.

Liquid Music is a new concert series presented by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra that seeks to expand the world of classical music through innovative new projects, boundary-defying artists, and unique presentation formats. Liquid Music performances invite adventurous audiences of all ages to discover the new and the fascinating among the kaleidoscopic landscape of classical music today. www.thespco.org/liquidmusic

The Walker Art Center is located at 1750 Hennepin Avenue—where Hennepin meets Lyndale—one block off Highways I-94 and I-394, in Minneapolis.

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Olga Bell

Photo: Eric Lippe

Olga Bell

Photo: Noah Kalina