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Ola Szmidt (November ’20)

Melodic Distraction Radio

Ola Szmidt is a singer-songwriter, sound therapist, flautist and producer based in York. 

She is one of The Steve Reid Innovation Award winners and has been mentored by Four Tet. As a multi-faceted musician her work combines vocal and instrumental improvisations with live looping techniques and self produced electronics with sound art and song-writing. Ola’s music shifts between Scandinavian and Eastern Folk traditions, whilst including Soul, Jazz, Contemporary Classical and Ambient practices. She writes and sings in both English and her mother tongue, Polish.

Awarded a bursary by the International Summer School in Dartington, Ola studied Jazz Improvisation with legendary free jazz improvisers Keith and Julie Tippett. She has previously completed a Music Technology and Performance Degree at De Montfort University, under Dr John Richards (Dirty Electronics). 

She has opened for Braids, cellist Hildur Gudnadottir (Mum), Antipop Consortium, Maja Ratkje and Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab). She joins us for a very special guest show, as she’s celebrating another rotation around the sun – Happy Birthday, Ola!



Trondheim Voices, Maja Ratkje – Echo Chamber 3.0
Luke Howard & Shards – Light Ascending
Stuart A Staples – The Garden
(Music From Claire Denis’ High Life: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Flora Purim – Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly
Erik K Skodvin – Wake Up/ Make A Radio
Peder Mannerfelt – A Queen
Abdominal – Breathe Later
Minor Science – For Want Of Gelt
Wu Wenguang – Flowing Water
Mark Sinan, Dresdner Sinfoniker, Jonathan Stockhammer – Tableau 1 – Ordu: Asiye Nin Gurbeti
Steve Miller Band – Journey From Eden
Joni Mitchell – Little Green
Nichlas Paschburg – Duvet
? – Unreleased
Ezra Feinberg – A Spider Painted Over
John Taylor, Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler – Azimuth

Ola Szmidt

Healing sounds for the mind, body & soul

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