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Alex Ookpik is a Montréaler who writes, performs and produces avant-pop
music, and now and then electroacoustic music, as well as music for theatre and
bridges the worlds of pop and experimental music; taking in acoustic
instruments, synthesis, field recordings, and studio manipulations, while remaining ever true to the heart of the song.
Love, loss, walking through the city at night, leaves and trees, espresso,
She has been singing and writing songs since she was a child—soaking up
her Dad’s experimental and classical records, and her Mom’s soul and jazz
records, and pop from the radio.
She spent 10 years as the lead singer, keyboardist, and co-songwriter of
Montreal’s post-rock and shoegaze band Marlowe; releasing two
full-lengths, and sharing the stage with bands such as Tindersticks, Snowpony
(ex-My Bloody Valentine & Stereolab), April March, Broken Social Scene, The
Dears, Feist, The High Dials, and The Besnard Lakes.
As a DJ she has held down various weekly residencies in Montreal and Toronto,
under the name Polly Six; playing venues and events such as: Roy Bar, The
Beaver, Green Room, Cameron House, O Patro Vys, Casa del Popolo, Laika, the MIMI
Awards, and Moondata Productions’ LABProject).
As a performer her extra-curricular activities have included: guest
singer with Raising the Fawn (on their record as well as at Broken Social
Scene’s annual Island show), synth player with Eiyn Sof (playing Toronto events
such as Wavelength and X-Avant); performing with Sonar Mara--Anne Bourne’s all
women’s improvising choir based around Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening
practices. As a producer & mix engineer, she has worked with artists Clara
Engel, and Jordi Rosen, as well as on a remix collaboration with Australian
artist Soft Enerji.
She also took part in Little Fury Things (NYC) Gamehenge project, as well as in
OraMIX— The Science Museum, London’s tribute
project to electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram.
As a composer, her work has appeared in the films
“The Independents” and “Stand Sentry” and on Rabble.ca’s Podcast. Her work for
theatre has included sound design for Horsecart production's 2008 Fringe
Festival hit "Rum and Vodka", as well as composing and performing the
original score and sound design for “Stranger” -- Praxis Theatre’s stage adaptation
of Camus’s “L’Etranger”.
As an electroacoustic
composer, her piece "Rust" was featured in Vox Novus's 60x60 (2010), and
presented in Montreal, NYC, Berlin, and Italy. Her newest piece for 60x60 "Hot
Water" will premiere at Concordia, with improvising dancers, as part of the
Canada Mix. She was also a participating composer in the Orford Art Centre’s
Sound Art Composition workshop (2009).
Most recently, she
was asked to contribute a mixtape to the wonderful Mitamine
Lab---an emerging project of artist-made, exclusive mixes/mixtapes,
based out of Mexico city and L.A., supported by Steven Hall—member of Arthur's
Landing and Buddhist Army, and former collaborator and friend to the late,
great Arthur Russell.
Her first solo record is forthcoming (actually, her second is as well).
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"...the minimalist score by
Alexandra Olsen, [is] likely...to facilitate moody existential musing."
- Best Bets, Eye Weekly, 2009
- Byron Laviolette, Eye Weekly, 2009
-- Jordan Zivitz, The Gazette, 2004
“the voice of a honey-fairy”
-- Olivier Robillard Laveaux, Voir, 2004