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Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
University of York
YO10 5DD


Olivia ChaneyCircus of Desire


Olivia Chaney – voice

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Programme Note

Born in Florence to a writer and painter-turned-academic, Olivia Chaney grew up listening to everything from Prince to Henry Purcell. This eclectic mix of influences sparked a passion for songwriting which she nurtured at Chetham’s School of Music and The Royal Academy. After showcasing at South by Southwest (SXSW) and a stint as lead singer for electronica outfit Zero 7, Olivia signed with Nonesuch, leading to collaborations with the Kronos Quartet
and a Grammy nomination for Offa Rex. Olivia’s first solo album, The Longest River, received rave reviews, and she went on to record Shelter with genius producer-pianist Thomas Bartlett. These records established Olivia’s reputation as the author of an unmistakable brand of luscious and sophisticated music which explores inherited trauma, the clash between tradition and modernity and the darkness and light of love. Circus of Desire, which will be released in March 2024, features an all-star line-up of friends old and new, including Sam Amidon and Nico Muhly, as well as remixes by Dave Okumu, Oliver Coates and Vessel. Experience these songs played live for the very first time by Olivia and her band. Expect an evening of boundary-testing songwriting and arresting performances by an artist at the peak of her powers.

Olivia Chaney

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