Circles

Anna Maria Olsson

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Circles can be found in almost every aspect of our existence; in our water cycle, in the phases of the moon, in the human life cycle, and in the clockwork of time. A series of loops in perpetual motion, with no beginning and no end. This concept has always fascinated me and inspires the way that I create my music. Through a combination of minimalist compositional styles with electroacoustic looping techniques, CIRCLES is a reflection on the cyclic nature of our universe.

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Crossing Lines

Anna Maria Olsson

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This album is the outcome of my final year major project as part of my degree at Birmingham Conservatoire, UK. The concept is to explore the musical possibilities of a single violin by stepping outside the frame that we call 'classical music’.

The violin is often stereotyped as a classical instrument, although it is fundamentally a musical instrument like any other - with an extended variety of colours and musical possibilities. I have therefore chosen to write for multi-tracked violin, seeking inspiration from a variety of styles - particularly folk, minimalism, funk and world. Most pieces are based on improvisation - a fundamental part of all music making that is rarely mentioned in the classical music world.

As a result, I hope that this album will contribute to the destruction of the walls and preconceptions that separate musical genres as well as the stereotypical image of the violin as a classical instrument. I also hope that this album will be enjoyed by a broad range of listeners, and open people’s ears and minds towards the musical possibilities outside the frame of a particular genre.

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