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A New-Classical Crossover Duo

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They clearly have influences in Americana and Irish/Gaelic fiddle styles, but with the virtuosity of classical performers...They are great advocates for the potential of folk-inspired music.
— CLAIRE PHILPOTT, CLASSICAL MPR
Fun stuff — my kind of music!
— RANDY SABIEN, AMERICAN JAZZ VIOLINIST
Pure magic.
— Wausau Pilot & review
We had a fantastic engagement with The OK Factor. Not only will they win your audiences over with their amazing musicianship, but they can also do outstanding residency work in your community. They have a very bright future ahead of them!
— Sean Wright, the grand theater

BIOGRAPHY

Olivia Diercks and Karla Colahan, cellist and violinist of The OK Factor, have one word to describe their musical connection: lucky. The ease with which they write and perform their original music is organic, and their new-classical crossover style has caught the attention of the Minnesota music community in which they live and work. It continues to bring them success on stages such as The Dakota Jazz Club, The Cedar Cultural Center, Minnesota Public Radio, and more.

Olivia and Karla are passionate about educational outreach and community engagement. They conduct workshops for string students of all ages, using their instruments as vehicles for creative and innovative musical thinking. Olivia and Karla also provide programming to reach community members where they're at, creating an experience that inspires and encourages communities to explore music, and cultivate a curiosity about its role in their lives. 

Following five years of writing, performing, and regional touring, The OK Factor is excited to share their fifth studio album, Have Yourself an OK Christmas, to be released on December 1, 2017.

 

BLURB

Playful and unexpected, The OK Factor writes and performs folk-inspired music influenced by Americana and Irish fiddle styles, with an artistry that reveals their classical training. Cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Colahan find great joy in defying expectations and delivering an experience outside of what audiences anticipate from a cello and violin combo. Their passion for performing and educational outreach has continued to bring them success in communities across the Midwest, inviting audiences to explore music and cultivate a curiosity about its role in their lives. 

 

PRESS ARTICLES

Wausau Pilot & Review

Classical Minnesota Public Radio 2016

WUWM Lake Effect

Inspire(d) Magazine

Iowa Public Radio 2014

Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier

That Working Girl

Iowa Public Radio 2013