The OK Factor
A New-Classical Crossover Duo
Olivia Diercks and Karla Colahan, cellist and violinist of the new-classical crossover duo, The OK Factor, have one word to describe their musical connection: lucky.
Organic and genuine, their original compositions feel both comfortingly familiar and uniquely fresh, and have been described as "genre-bending" (Julie Amacher, MPR) and "pure magic" (Wausau Pilot & Review). The ease with which they write and perform has caught the attention of the Minnesota music community in which they live and work, bringing them success on stages such as The Cedar Cultural Center and as frequent featured artists with Minnesota Public Radio. Their distinct compositional and performance style awarded them the honor of being finalists for the prestigious McKnight Fellowships for Musicians in 2018.
Within their six years of writing, performing, and regional touring, The OK Factor has been in residence with Minnesota Public Radio's Class Notes Artists program ('16), at The Grand Theater in Wausau ('17), College of Saint Benedict ('17) and Luther College ('18), sharing their intimate performances, outreach activities, and educational workshops with these communities.
— 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
“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
“A lot of musicians are thinking about their creativity and what they want to say. But (The OK Factor) takes (their) audience into consideration - I’ve never heard an artist speak in that way.”
— Julie Amacher, Classical MPR
“Balm for the soul.”
— Julia Mueller, Friends of Linden Hill
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