Olivia Diercks and Karla Colahan, cellist and violinist of the new-classical crossover duo, The OK Factor, have one word to describe their musical connections: 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). Their distinct compositional and performance style awarded them the honor of being finalists for the prestigious McKnight Fellowships for Musicians in 2018. Playful and unexpected, The OK Factor writes and performs folk-inspired music influenced by Americana and Irish fiddle styles, with an artistry that reveals their classical training. Cellist Olivia Diercks and violinists Karla Colahan find great joy in defying expectations and delivering an experience of what audiences anticipated from a cello and violin combo.
Their passion for performing and education outreach has continued to bring them success in communities across the Midwest, inviting audiences to explore music and cultivate a curiosity about its role in their lives. The Doudna’s Recital Hall will be the perfect place for east central Illinois to be introduced to this dynamic duo of new-classical music.
New + Emerging Artists Series
Sponsored in part by the EIU Classical Music Artists Committee.