Bio

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Olivia Kieffer is a composer, percussionist, and educator from Wisconsin. 

She is Percussion Instructor at Reinhardt University, where she teaches Applied Lessons and a variety of music classes, in addition to directing the Reinhardt University Percussion Ensemble. Her degrees in Percussion Performance are from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Allen Otte of the Percussion Group Cincinnati, and Georgia State University with Stockhausen specialist and New Music champion Stuart Gerber.

She feels at home in both the classical and rock worlds, and can be heard as composer or performer (or both) on recordings by Amy O’Dell, the Georgia Brass Band, Tay0, GremlinsDuo, and Clibber Jones Ensemble. She is an active performer and composer in Atlanta’s vibrant New Music scene, including her work as bandleader and drummer for the chamber rock band Clibber Jones Ensemble. She also performs regularly with Bonebreaker, Terminus Ensemble and Bent Frequency, and is co-founder of the Reinhardt Contemporary Arts Festival as well as Atlanta’s SoundNOW Festival. She is on the Music committee at Eyedrum Music & Art Gallery where she curates the Composer’s Concert Series, and has recently joined the newly formed Diversity committee for the Percussive Arts Society. As a performer and arranger, she regularly works with postminimalist composers William Susman, Douwe Eisenga, Francesco Di Fiore, Brian Kozaczek, and Marc Mellits.

As a composer, she has enjoyed premieres and performances by many ensembles and soloists, including Clibber Jones Ensemble, the A/B Duo, GremlinsDuo, Bent Frequency Duo Project, toy pianist Amy O’Dell, percussionist Brandon Dodge, pianist Marvin Rosen, and most recently, the Italian chamber ensemble Piccola Accademia Degli Specchi.

Olivia’s compositions and projects have been highlighted in ArtsAtl, TomTom Magazine, the Atlanta Creative Music podcast, the A/B Duo blog, New Music Conflagration, Music, Polyphony, and Polyrhythm, listening to ladies, Composer’s Circle, and WABE (90.1FM).

Most recently, she published “The Texture of Activity”, a book of 55 toy piano miniatures. She arranged 10 of these pieces into a book of progressively difficult vibraphone solos, called “10 Short Pieces for Solo Vibraphone.” Currently, she is writing music for chamber ensembles in preparation for concerts at the 2017 Florida International Toy Piano Festival, where she will be presenting a Lecture-Recital as Composer in Residence at the festival.

 

 

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