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Anna Maria Olsson is a violinist and composer from Sweden, currently based in the UK. Specialising in electroacoustic music and improvisation, Anna uses a combination of Ableton Live and MIDI controllers to loop and transform the many sounds of her violin. Inspired by nature, cultures and imaginary places, her compositions are varied yet familiar, and will take you on journeys to faraway places... 

The new album Circles is out now! 

Radioplay 

"A simply stunning piece of music" - Alex Noble, BBC WM 95.6. 

On Saturday 27th July, Sunset at Sea was aired on BBC Introducing West Midlans! Listen back to on BBC Sounds (from 30:10):

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CIRCLES IS OUT NOW! 

As of 21st June 2019, Circles is available for online streaming and to buy as a digital download and physical CD. Head to the Music page to buy the album or stream below! 

Circles release date announced! 

I'm very excited to announce that my new album Circles will be officially released on 21st June 2019! ✨ It will be available on all your favourite online platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play and Deezer. You will also be able to purchase a physical CD and a digital download from the Music page. 

In celebration of the release, I will be performing the entire album live at the official launch concert on 19th June at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. If you are in, around or able to travel to Birmingham that day, I strongly recommend that you come and see this as it promises to be a unique immersive experience 🎶🎻 

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Huge shout-out to my sound engineer Ben Weatherill and amazing artist Sofia Bergvall for their incredible work on this project! ❤️

 

BBC Radio 3 Live Broadcast 

Following a great response after Tribal Hunt was aired on BBC Radio 3 on July 27th, I was invited for a live performance and interview at the BBC studio in London. The live broadcast took place on August 16th - click on the picture below to hear it on iPlayer! Available until September 15th. 

Morning Haze at 5:37 and The Lake in which Nobody Swam at 39:00. 

Kaleidoscope 

On Friday 26th January 2018, my new string quintet Souq was premiered at the Kaleidoscope concert in Birmingham UK. Kaleidoscope is a project that brings together composers and performers in weekly workshops where we explore different approaches to improvisation. Over the course of 5 months, each composer developed a piece for the ensemble as a result of these workshops. The pieces do not only explore improvisation, but also draw on elements of folk music, allowing each composer to bring a personal touch to the music. 

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Watch the performance of Souq below!

BBC Broadcast! 

Back in January I was commissioned to write a piece for the Emulsion Sinfonietta, to be performed at the Emulsion V festival at the MAC Birmingham. Emulsion is a series of one-day music festivals that take place every couple of years. It was founded by Trish Clowes with the aim to combine jazz, contemporary music and improvisation, thus creating a platform for like-minded musicians. 

My piece 'The Woodcarver' was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 10th March, and will be available to hear online for one month. You can listen through the link below, starting at 2:25:02.

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Previous events

Acoustic Sessions

The Jam House, 3-5 St Pauls Square, Birmingham B3 1QU

The “ACOUSTICS SESSIONS” is a monthly showcase of new talent and unsigned artistes, regularly featuring touring performers as well as musicians from the local scene. The night is presented by the talented singer-songwriter, Ben Drummond.

CIRCLES launch concert

Birmingham Conservatoire

Official launch concert for my new album CIRCLES. Themed around the circulation of time and space and the cyclic nature of our universe, the short album features five pieces for multitrack violin. This concert will present the compositions in a live context, using live looping, electronics and surround sound to create an immersive aural experience.

Thinking/Not Thinking Festival

Centrala, 158 Fazeley St, Birmingham

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/

Sound the Art

Centrala, 158 Fazeley St, Birmingham

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.

#BirminghamNewMusic

Birmingham Conservatoire

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!

Blue Moon Club / Digbeth Dining Club

Mama Roux's, Birmingham

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 ~

Kaleidoscope 2

Birmingham Conservatoire

Another performance by the Kaleidoscope ensemble including my Arabic folk-inspired string quintet Souq! Part of the CODA festival.

Club Integral

Centrala, Birmingham B5 5RT

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!

Duophonics

Birmingham Conservatoire

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!

Kaleidoscope

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.

Flatpack Film Festival

The Electric Cinema, 47-49 Station St, Birmingham B5 4DY

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.

Musik von 2017

Eastside Projects

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.