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With “grand compositional ambitions and a dynamic voice,” Olga Bell is a beacon from the “adventurous edge of pop” (New York Times). Born in Russia and raised in Alaska, Bell trained as a classical pianist while simultaneously immersing herself in the music of Radiohead, Björk, and the formative canon of ’90s hip-hop. A collaborator with Brooklyn bands Chairlift and Dirty Projectors, Bell has earned acclaim for her set of solo albums that include 2014’s Krai, an electro-acoustic evocation of Russian hinterlands, and last year’s Tempo, a deconstruction of New York club music that was named one of the best Pop/R&B albums of 2016 by Pitchfork. With each outing, she creates an entirely new sound world, delighting in bending, magnifying, and flipping familiar musical tropes. Given free rein over the Kaplan Penthouse for one evening, Bell offers us an intimate glimpse into her vast creativity.