Charles Olencki

Music Fellow


Weston Olencki is a musician, composer, and sound artist. Their current work is anchored around mediated, myriad practices of listening and improvisation, sonic ecology, relationships between psychoacoustic perception and organology, and the technological, material, and cultural histories of rural spaces. They have performed and presented work at the Borealis Festival, ISSUE Project Room, REDCAT, bludenzer tage zeitgemäßer musik, Ghent Jazz Festival, Blanton Museum of Art, philharmonie luxembourg, Squeaky Wheel, Festival Musica, the American Academy in Rome, Frequency Festival, Indexical, and the OPTION series, and was awarded the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis from the 2016 Darmstadt Ferienkurse. 
Weston has held residencies at the University of Huddersfield, Harvard, NYU, Columbia, Princeton, Stanford, Northwestern, and was a 2018 visiting artist at CalArts. Various recording projects have been released by HatHut, Not Two, Sound American, Parlour Tapes+, Carrier Records, New Amsterdam, Clean Feed, Anticausal Systems, Dinzu Artefacts, and their debut release SOLO WORKS on Creative Sources, which featured on Bandcamp Daily’s “Best Experimental Music of 2020”. They are an active member of RAGE THORMBONES, Ensemble Pamplemousse, the Wet Ink Large Ensemble, and performs regularly as a soloist and ensemble member on low brass instruments and various electronic media. They hold degrees in Music Performance from Northwestern University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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