The OK Factor, Escaping Pavement
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The OK Factor
Playful and unexpected, new-classical crossover duo The OK Factor writes and performs folk-inspired music influenced by multiple genres, with an artistry that reveals their classical training. Cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Colahan find great joy in defying expectations and delivering an experience outside of what audiences anticipate from a cello and violin combo. 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 and their passion for educational outreach 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, as frequent featured artists with Minnesota Public Radio, and as finalists for the McKnight Fellowships for Musicians in 2018. Olivia and Karla invite audiences to explore music and cultivate a curiosity about its role in their lives.
Fueled by the graceful grit and fine fiery energy of their acoustic guitar, mandolin and swooning harmonies, Escaping Pavement integrates the uniquely holistic qualities of folk, bluegrass and Americana music as a way of accessing an elemental peace of mind that’s always quietly waiting for us out there in the wilderness. Consisting of vocalists/instrumentalists Aaron Markovitz (mandolin) and Emily Burns (guitar), the nationally-touring, award-winning, Detroit-based duo is spreading their roots-based message, far and wide.
The Warming House
4001 Bryant Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55409