Video #2 - The Lake in Which Nobody Swam
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Anna Maria Olsson is a violinist/composer based in the UK. Although classically trained, Anna is experienced within various genres and her music brings a strong emphasis to improvisation. Her debut album Crossing Lines features 9 pieces for multi-tracked violin, inspired by a variety of musical styles. Anna's second album Circles is due for release in May 2019. Sign up to her newsletter to find out more!
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Thinking/Not Thinking Festival
Thinking/Not Thinking Fest is an annual festival of contrasts, curveballs and juxtapositions. Currently settled into it's new home of Birmingham, the festival explores clashes with genres and has previously put representatives from the worlds of metal, sonic arts, post-punk, jazz, hardcore, noise, contemporary composition, math-rock and free improv in a way that functions as it's own cohesive entity. https://facebook.com/thinkingnotthinkingfest/
Sitarscapes brings together the soulful Indian sitar mixed with electronics, violin, guitar and cajon. Through a combination of notated and improvised material, four performers create a modern take on indian classical music.
Sound the Art
Sound the Art project is a platform to inspire young people, especially those who are visually impaired or have other types of disabilities, and asylum seekers to create and perform experimental music. I'll be giving a presentation on my creative practice at 5pm followed by a public performance at 7pm.
Frontiers presents a concert of new works by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire composers. This concert will feature a wide range of styles and utilise the flexible layout of the Lab venue in creative and inventive ways. I will perform Morning Haze from my upcoming album Circles, so this will be a chance to hear a little preview of what is to come!
An Evening of Soul with Shanty Town
Shanty Town is a collective in Birmingham that features local talent within music, art and spoken word. Free entry!
Blue Moon Club / Digbeth Dining Club
Digbeth Dining Club is a popular event that merges the best local street food with live music. DJs, artists and dancers are on the lineup this evening as well as your favourite multitrack fiddler! Guaranteed to be a great evening ~
Another performance by the Kaleidoscope ensemble including my Arabic folk-inspired string quintet Souq! Part of the CODA festival.
Returning to the Spotted Dog for their Sunday Classics! Very excited to perform some of my own tunes in this lovely pub. Free entry!
As part of the annual Flatpack Film Festival, this evening presents an audio-visual twist to your usual night out. I'll be performing a live score together with the fantastic Chloe Knibbs, and you'll also get to experience avant-accompaniment to silent Japanese film by performance trio Kamura Obscura as well as a new audiovisual outing by Matt Eaton (Micronormous, Pram). And don't miss out on the delicious South African foods brought to you by Ubuntu Foods!
This concert features a collaboration between 7 musicians, where each performer has constructed a piece based on improvisation with live instruments and electronics. Directed by Oliver Farrow. Free entry!
The LAB, Birmingham Conservatoire
A concert featuring original works by selected composers from Birmingham Conservatoire. My latest piece Souq - inspired by the Arabian marketplace - will be performed by the Kaleidoscope ensemble.
Sunday Classics is a wonderful concept that brings classical/concert music out of the concert hall, to this quirky local pub. I will be playing a 45min set of old and new tunes in the second half. Come have a drink and enjoy the music! Entrance is free!
Flatpack Film Festival
I have been collaborating with composer Chloe Knibbs to write a new score for a short film featuring a contemporary dance choreography. Chloe and I will be performing the score along with the film, using violin loops and clarinet melodies to create exciting and interpretative atmospheres. This performance is part of the Flatpack Film Festival.
The UK-based contemporary ensemble Decibel is making a visit to Birmingham to premiere new works by composers at Birmingham Conservatoire. This will be the final concert of the Frontiers festival, so it is definitely one not to be missed! http://www.frontiersmusic.org/
Musik von 2017
An exciting evening of new music by Birmingham Conservatoire's MMus composers – from voice, story and song to movement, sonic art and electronics. 10 brand new works will be presented, all intertwined with artwork from Eastside Projects' exhibition 'Production Show’. I will be performing a new piece of mine that builds on improvisation with live looping.
Emulsion is a cross-genre music festival founded by Trish Clowes. My new piece 'The Woodcarver' will be premiered, and I will also be playing as part of the Emulsion Sinfonietta. Hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Fiona Talkington.
Music technology platform
I have recently been working on a new piece for violin and live electronics together with Giovanni Dinello. We are very excited to perform Aeterna for the first time as part of this platform!
BMus Final Recital
This is the recital with which I finish my degree at Birmingham Conservatoire. Programme: Bach B minor Partita, Ravel Violin Sonata, Cry of Angelica (solo work by Anna Maria Olsson)
In this concert I'll be performing selected pieces from my new album Crossing Lines.