Yearning Flow Michael Peter Olsen

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Album-Release:
2020

HRA-Release:
15.01.2021

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  • 1Goals09:03
  • 2Ihniwywmts04:39
  • 3Moonmist06:05
  • 47 Days08:30
  • 5Ours06:21
  • 6Cloud Parade06:51
  • Total Runtime41:29

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Written, performed and produced by Michael Peter Olsen, Yearning Flow marks the arrival of a new musical space for Olsen’s compositions, production and perspective on the cello as a vibrant modern instrument.

Evocative and visual, Yearning Flow is a sonically deep album that layers ambient textures with tension and release. The six compositions are bound by a swirl of sounds, heavily altered worlds that are connected with Olsen’s subtle playing and sound design. An interpretive platform for listeners and collaborators alike, it speaks of a career built upon diverse musical contribution and a deep emotional bond to a life in art.

Michael Olsen is a classically trained cellist, an experienced international touring musician, film composer, record producer and Grammy Nominated songwriter. He has collaborated on classic albums from Drake, Arcade Fire, Haim, The Hidden Cameras, Jim Guthrie, and K-OS to name a few, appearing on over 100 recordings. He’s applied his studio expertise on many levels, producing and engineering albums for Ohbijou and Spiral Beach along the way. As a composer Michael has also scored music for network TV, short films and fronts the band Our Founders.

With Yearning Flow, Olsen welcomed award winning film composer Todor Kobakov, experimental dance music artist Strange Robotix, bassist Brandon Lim (Yamataka Sonic Titan), and singer-songwriter Merival to collaborate on the project. Their contributions come together to form a unified whole sound under Olsen’s production.

Michael Peter Olsen, electric cello, acoustic cello
Chris Evans, synth guitar
Todor Kobakov, modular synth
Brandon Lim, bass
Merival, voice



Michael Peter Olsen
is a Toronto-based composer, cellist, engineer, producer and grammy-nominated songwriter. He has performed on over 100 recordings including Drake VIEWS, Arcade Fire Funeral, K-OS Joyful Rebellion, Jim Guthrie Now More than Ever and The Hidden Cameras The Smell of Our Own.

After decades of playing and experimenting Michael is creating his own sound, Post-Cello Modernism, a rethinking of cello and the various roles it plays in popular and film music. Mayday the lead single from Michael’s eponymous Electric Cello based solo project has received play from BBC radio 3 on night tracks with Hanna Peel as well as Spotify features accumulating some 45K plays and 12.5K monthly listeners within five weeks of release. This October Michael released a second single Falling Forward and Yearning Flow, the first full length will be released Jan 2021 via leading-edge independent label Hand Drawn Dracula.

In 2014 he was selected as one of three songwriters-in-residence for the Canadian Film Centre's Slaight Music Residency, chaired by Oscar-winning composer Mychael Danna. Michael, with co-writer Ben Fox, composed the music for the first season of the CBC television series “4 in the Morning” and continues to compose for Film and TV projects.

Michael has appeared live and on record with more artists than easily counted. He toured extensively internationally with Hidden Cameras in the early 2000's and has graced the stages and recordings of a diverse mix of artists such as Haim, Tiesto, Holy Fuck, Zaki Ibrahim, Great Lake Swimmers, The Constantines, Jayme Stone, Kevin Hearn, Rheostatics, The Blow, Gentleman Reg, Slakadeliqs, Mocky, and Sarah Slean.

As a string arranger, engineer, and producer he has worked with The Organ, Emma Lee, K-OS, Spiral Beach, Triple Gangers and Ohbijou. Michael holds an A.R.C.T. and a Bachelor in Music Performance from U of T.

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