Electronic Olga Bell: Origin/Outcome
Sponsored by 89.3 The Current
With special guests Tom Vek and Angel Deradoorian
“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
From ancient folk traditions to modern club music, Origin/Outcome is a celebration of the hot-blooded human vernacular—the music to which we dance, eat, grieve, and revel. Moscow-born, Brooklyn-based composer/performer Olga Bell (Dirty Projectors) unfolds a two-part evening of compelling new sounds featuring an international consort of vocalists, a chamber ensemble composed of Twin Cities– and Brooklyn-based musicians, and dazzling projections by video artist Alejandro Crawford (MGMT).
The evening opens with the world premiere of Bell’s seven-movement song cycle Krai, a richly imagined sonic love letter to her Russian homeland. The night also contains the debut of Nothankyou, her cross-Atlantic partnership with British musician Tom Vek, “a marvelous new pop star in the classical mold” (Guardian) whose self-coined “beat-rock” emphasizes angular compositions that groove. Respected vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Angel Deradoorian (former Dirty Projectors) contributes throughout.