Olga Kisseleva, also known by her artist name Olya, is a New York-based composer, music producer and performing artist. She composes for advertising, promo videos, dance and visual art.
Olga started her music career as a singer-songwriter when she co-produced and self-released her debut album “Carefully” in 2010. Olga frequently performed at famed NYC music venues, including The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos and NuBlu and well-regarded music festivals, including CMJ and Northside Festival. In 2013, Olga wrote and produced her electro synth-pop EP "Utopia”, which was mixed by Grammy winning engineer Nic Hard.
In 2016, Olga further pursued studies in composition, music production, sound design and performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. As part of the Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute (BIAI), she composed for interdisciplinary performance incorporating electronic music, digital video, and live painting. While at Berklee, she sang in the a cappella group, "Boston Aires”, for the "Pablo Ziegler Meets Berklee" show at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC). With electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani, Olga performed a live score for the silent film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” at the iconic MoogFest.
In 2018, as a Berklee alumna, Olga returned to New York, where she started working with renowned music house Human Worldwide. There, she has been composing for major advertising campaigns and recently placed a commercial with PayPal. She continues writing for cross-disciplinary projects and visual media through her work with Urbanity Dance Company and installation artist Mark Cooper.
Jan, 2019 - “BREAKING OLD TIES” - Promo Video for Urbanity Dance Summer INTENSIVE - composer
Mar-Feb 2019 - “Brdges” Art Installation by Mark Cooper - Da nang Fine Arts Museum, Vietnam - Composer
Dec, 2018 - Xoom “Money Go Xoom” Commercial - Composer
Summer 2018 - Excerpt from "XENAI" Interdisciplinary Trilogy - Live on AM Garden Show (ACMI) - Composer/Performer
Nov, 2016 - Boston Aires 10 - Pablo Ziegler Meets Berklee Show @ Berklee Performance Center - Vocalist
2012 - "Tsaritsa" music video - Soundtrack for “Zaritsas: Russian Women in New York” DocumentARY directed by Elena Beloff - Composer/Performer
"Utopia", EP, 2015
"Crash and Burn", Single, 2013
"Carefully", EP, 2010
Augugst 27, 2018 - Art & Life with Olga Kisseleva
If I were to sum up my story in one sentence, it would say: “You cannot escape yourself”! However, by taking alternative paths and detours I set myself on a unique life journey that helped me become who I am.
Interview with Boston Voyager: The Thought-Provokers
July 31, 2018 - Berklee College of Music Announces Electronic Digital Instrument (EDI) at Berklee - Participation in promotional video and marketing materials
May 12, 2017 - OLYA - New Connections: Student Performance Piece Reaches Across Artistic Disciplines
"Olya picks up a microphone and—in her solo vocal performance—offers writhing vocal runs that correspond with the movements of the dancers, who conjure the idea of connection with interlocked fingers. The piece, "Connections" was the brainchild of Olya and served as a prime example of the type of cross-discipline collaboration envisioned by the merger between Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music."
Review of live performance "Connection" by Mike Keefe-Feldman (Berklee College of Music)
May 27, 2015 - OLYA - "Utopia" - EP Review
"Beautifully played and produced…Olya has been getting it right all throughout Utopia, but she truly rises to the top of her own achievements on this final song. “Ne Zrya / Не Зря” is another innovative melody that allows the mind to step right into Olya’s world and really experience the music as she’s envisioned it to be. With full creative-control of her sound, Olya has followed her incredible instincts right to the nth degree on this EP, and with an absolute blast of melodic, emotional-fireworks in her final song have certainly made her an artist I’ll remember completely."
Review of album "Utopia" by Sleeping Bag Studios
Oct 14, 2014 - STOLI THINKS OLYA & HER MUSIC ARE RUSSIA’S FINEST EXPORT
Interview with SKOPE Magazine talking about Halloween, CMJ, growing up in Russia and more...
Olga, This is awesome, We shall collaborate!! https://t.co/Q1Ytp51fX2
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