photo by Mike Olson

photo by Mike Olson

Mike Olson is a Minneapolis based composer with a richly eclectic musical history. He started out as a self-taught composer, but went on to a formal musical education, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in music composition and theory from the University ofMinnesota, where he studied composition with DominicArgento, Eric Stokes, Lloyd Ultan and Paul Fetler. Aftercollege, Mike went on to receive various grants andfellowships, including two  McKnight fellowships, a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, New Music USA, the Jerome Foundation and the American Composer's Forum among others. Mike's work spans an unusually broad range of compositional styles and instrumental combinations. That being said, there are two aspects of his work that can be viewed as being relatively present through most of his career, and which are clearly evident in his current work. These are a highly linear through-composed compositional style and a love of electronic music. There have been of course, numerous exceptions along the way where Mike had done purely acoustic pieces and nonlinear conceptual or strictly formalistic works, but he has always gravitated back to the electronic palette and the highly linear through-composed compositional form. 

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Graphic score gesture from the composition, Incidental.

 photo by Stafford Photo

photo by Stafford Photo