The Marty & Olivia story began at Europe’s Night Of The Prog Festival which Olivia compères and produces. One marriage, more than a dozen studio projects and six+ years of touring internationally later, the two continue crossing borders, in lots of ways, with a violin and a 12-string guitar. “You make a lot of noise for two people.”— Liam Ó Maonlaí (Hothouse Flowers)
Where guitarists are encouraged to explore and label their individual style, violinists are usually expected to check one of two boxes, classical or folky. Olivia sits comfortably in-between, left and right, besides, in front and behind. Developing as an instrumentalist playing concerts with an orchestra in Sweden, Spain, Russia, and Lithuania, being a fiddle-playing extra in the Gabriele Gysi-directed play “The Fever” by Wallace Shawn at the Euro Theatre in Bonn, Olivia Elektra Willson-Piper, born outside Cologne, Germany, grew up multiculturally and multidisciplinary. She’s had the pleasure of playing in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, all over the USA, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein, and now resides in Portugal.
Throughout her career, she’s lent her string and vocal skills to various genres and productions, appearing on Noctorum’s The Afterlife and The Afterdeath EP, Atlantaeum Flood’s One Day, MOAT’s Poison Stream, Space Summit’s Life This Way, and Arktik Lake’s Shimmer EP, with more in the works.
Outside of violinland, Olivia enjoys studying languages and permanently inking her words between covers and images onto her skin (her debut poetry collection, Sleep for Dessert, will be coming out in 2023).
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