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About me


Inspired by the work done at the Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute (BIAI), Olga Kisseleva, otherwise known by her artist name Olya, has been exploring interdisciplinary performance incorporating electronic music, digital video, and live painting.  Together with a talented visual artist Fotini Christophillis, she started a new project – "Xenai" – bringing the three media together into one.

Brooklyn-based Russian-born Olya started her music career as a singer-songwriter when she co-produced and self-released her debut album “Carefully” in 2010.  In just a few years she gained a level of notability for, as TriStateIndie wrote, putting her own stamp on the genre of world/pop music.  With her band Olya frequently performed at famed NYC music venues, including The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, NuBlu and Bowery Electric and well-regarded music festivals, including CMJ, CBGB and Northside Festival.

In the latter half of 2013, under the flagship of electro synth-pop sound, Olya started her collaboration with a Grammy winning mixer and producer Nic Hard known for his work with Snarky Puppy.  Her single "Crash and Burn" was followed by a 7-song EP "Utopia", which Olya fully recorded and produced in her studio and mixed with Nic Hard.  "Utopia" was released in June 2015 at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn. 

In 2016, Olya got accepted with scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she pursued studies in composition, music production, sound design and live performance.  In 2018, as a Berklee alumna, she returned to New York where she continued her new passion for cross-disciplinary projects and composition for visual media. 



January 2019 - “Breaking Old Ties” - Electronic Composition for Contemporary Dance - Collaboration with Urbanity Dance and Skyship Films

Summer 2018 - Excerpt from "XENAI" Interdisciplinary Trilogy - Live on AM Garden Show (ACMI)

Spring 2018 - “Crossroads” - Electronic Composition for Contemporary Dance Based on Russian Folklore - David Friend Recital Hall

September 2017 - "Storonoyu Dojd'" cover by Zventa Sventana - Live performance @ Berk Recital Hall

November 2016 - Boston Aires 10 - Pablo Ziegler Meets Berklee Show @ Berklee Performance Center

November 2016 - Boston Aires 10 @  Berklee College of Music

October 2014 - OLYA live @ Bar Matchless (CMJ Festival Show)

2012 - "Tsaritsa" music video


Augugst 27, 2018 - Art & Life with Olga Kisseleva

If I were to sum up my story in one sentence, it would say: “You cannot escape yourself”! However, by taking alternative paths and detours I set myself on a unique life journey that helped me become who I am.

Interview with Boston Voyager: The Thought-Provokers

July 31, 2018 - Berklee College of Music Announces Electronic Digital Instrument (EDI) at Berklee  - Participation in promotional video and marketing materials

May 12, 2017 - OLYA - New Connections: Student Performance Piece Reaches Across Artistic Disciplines

"Olya picks up a microphone and—in her solo vocal performance—offers writhing vocal runs that correspond with the movements of the dancers, who conjure the idea of connection with interlocked fingers. The piece, "Connections" was the brainchild of Olya and served as a prime example of the type of cross-discipline collaboration envisioned by the merger between Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music."

Review of live performance "Connection" by Mike Keefe-Feldman (Berklee College of Music)

May 27, 2015 - OLYA - "Utopia" - EP Review

"Beautifully played and produced…Olya has been getting it right all throughout Utopia, but she truly rises to the top of her own achievements on this final song. “Ne Zrya / Не Зря” is another innovative melody that allows the mind to step right into Olya’s world and really experience the music as she’s envisioned it to be. With full creative-control of her sound, Olya has followed her incredible instincts right to the nth degree on this EP, and with an absolute blast of melodic, emotional-fireworks in her final song have certainly made her an artist I’ll remember completely."

Review of album "Utopia" by Sleeping Bag Studios

May 24, 2015 - Review of Album "Utopia" by Beach Sloth

"Infectious hooks and melodic sensibilities. Reassurance drenched in sunlight. Olya’s “Utopia” paints a picture of a perfect kind of pop: one where happiness resides and thrives."

Review of album "Utopia" by Beach Sloth


Interview with SKOPE Magazine talking about Halloween, CMJ, growing up in Russia and more...

Aug 28, 2014 - OLYA live performance review @ Bar Matchless

Review of the live performance at Bar Matchless by Glamglare

Apr 5, 2014 - JNoodles review of "Crash and Burn" single

"OLYA was bound to make her own imprint on anything she would've been tackling following the release of 'Carefully' back in 2010. 2013's "Crash and Burn" is exemplar of that, acting as a great showcase of her ability to write and perform infectious hooks and infallible harmonies with an intrinsically sultry, exceptionally gorgeous tone to boot."

JNoodles review of "Crash and Burn" (by Jonathan Frahm)

Jan 26, 2014 - Interview with AZ1 Promo

Interview with Olya by DJ Flash Jordan from AZ1 Promo

Jan 5, 2013 - "Hush, Baby" memory and cancer awareness song

Article about "Hush, Baby" on Cancer Research Institute (CRI) website

May 6, 2012 - Album review from TriState Indie

"Carefully" CD review by TriState Indie after OLYA's show at the LAUNCH music festival

Dec 14, 2011 - CD Review from Music Emissions

Review of album "Carefully" by Music Emissions 

Nov, 6, 2011 - CD Review is up @ SKOPE Magazine

Review of OLYA's album "Carefully" by SKOPE Magazine




Original Composition and Sound Design Reel

"Utopia", EP, 2015

"Crash and Burn", Single, 2013

"Carefully", EP, 2010

Shows & Events

Jul, 12, 2018
3:00pm Xenai @ David Friend Recital Hall 921 Boylston St Boston, MA
May, 17, 2018
8:00pm MoogFest: "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" Live Score w/Suzanne Ciani, Layne and Berklee Students The Armory, 220 Foster St Durham, NC
May, 2, 2018
5:30pm Xenai @ AM Garden Show (Arlington Community Media, Inc.) 892 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA
Jan, 31, 2018
7:00pm Xenai @ Berk Recital Hall 1140 Boylston St Boston, MA
Jan, 30, 2018
7:30pm Binge Watch @ David Friend Recital Hall 921 Boylston St Boston, MA
Nov, 18, 2017
8:00pm The Space 128 Brookside Ave Jamaica Plain, MA
Sep 22, 2017
7:00pm Berk Recital Hall 1140 Boylston St Boston, MA
Aug 04, 2017
10:30pm Interdisciplinary Performance "Birth" @ LilyPad 1353 Cambridge St Cambridge, MA
June 22, 2017
5:00pm Light Traces: Alternative Photography Exhibition @ The Plumbing Museum 80 Rosedale Rd Watertown, MA
MAY 28, 2017
9:00pm Tesla Bar @ BIOS Peireos 84 Athens, Greece
MAY 19&23, 2017
3:00PM Educational Bridge Project - Sound Design Workshop Gnesin Music Academy & Moscow Institute of Culture Moscow, Russia
May 6, 2017
7:00pm Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute (BIAI)/ Boston Conservatory - "CONNECTION" Zero Gravity Room (1260 Boylston) Boston, MA
May 2, 2017
8:00pm BPC - Qantara Berklee Ensemble 136 Mass Ave Boston, MA
Apr 13, 2017
8:00pm BPC - Rhythms and Frequencies: The CWP Department Concert 136 Mass Ave Boston, MA
NOV 10, 2016
8:00pm BPC - Pablo Ziegle Meets Berklee 136 Mass Ave Boston, MA
Dec 5, 2015
7:00pm Rock Without Borders VI @ Downhouse 250 Avenue X Brooklyn, NY
NOV 21, 2015
10:00pm Pianos (showroom) 158 Ludlow Street New York, NY
NOV 1, 2015
10:00am-2pm TCS NYC Marathon Bedford Ave & N12 St (official stage) Brooklyn, NY
OCT 17, 2015
9:00pm CMJ 2015 Showcase @ Bar Matchless 557 Manhattan Ave (@ Driggs Ave) Brooklyn, NY
JUN 13, 2015
9:00pm Northside @ Bar Matchless / Album Release 557 Manhattan Ave (@ Driggs Ave) Brooklyn, NY
APR 17, 2015
8:00pm Pianos (showroom) 158 Ludlow Street New York, NY
MAR26, 2015
9:00pm Bar Matchless 557 Manhattan Ave (@ Driggs Ave) Brooklyn, NY
NOV 2, 2014
10:00am TCS NYC Marathon McGuinness & Eagle St (@ Pulaski Bridge) Brooklyn, NY
OCT 23, 2014
9:00pm CMJ 2014 Showcase @ Bar Matchless 557 Manhattan Ave (@ Driggs Ave) Brooklyn, NY
SEP 18, 2014
9:00pm The Bitter End 147 Bleeker St New York, NY
SEP 14, 2014
7:30pm Russian RockFest IV @ Downhouse 250 Avenue X Brooklyn, NY
AUG 28, 2014
9:00pm Bar Matchless 557 Manhattan Ave Brooklyn, NY
JUL 27, 2014
6:15pm World Music Festival of Women Parc des Faubourgs Montreal, Quebec
JUL 11, 2014
9:00pm Pianos 158 Ludlow Street New York, NY
JUN 28, 2014
10:00pm Nublu 12th Anniversary @ NuBlu 62 Avenue C (b/w 4th & 5th st) New York, NY
APR 17, 2014
9:00pm Bar Matchless 557 Manhattan Ave Brooklyn, NY
APR 12, 2014
7:00pm Gagarin Rock @ DROM 85 Avenue A (b/w 5th & 6th st) New York, NY
MAR15, 2014
10:00pm NuBlu 62 Avenue C (b/w 4th & 5th st) New York, NY
JAN 9, 2014
10:00pm DROM 85 Avenue A (b/w 5th & 6th st) New York, NY
MAY 12, 2013
6:30pm Russian RockFest II @ Webster Hall (The Studio) 125 E11th Street New York, NY
JAN 27, 2013
9:00pm Russian RockFest I @ Webster Hall (The Studio) 125 E11th Street New York, NY
OCT 17, 2012
7:00pm CMJ Showcase @ The Bitter End 147 Bleeker St New York, NY



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