Kristina Olsen coming to Southern Cross University

Published 2 September 2008

The sassy, sexy, Kristina Olsen, who sings everything from tender love songs to passionate piano ballads, from rollicking folk-rock to growling, raucous blues, is gracing the stage at Southern Cross University on Tuesday, September 9.

This remarkable internationally acclaimed songstress will share the secrets of her craft with Southern Cross University Bachelor of Contemporary Music students as part of the University’s innovative Women in Music program.

Kristina is funny, engaging and a superb story-teller, with spell-binding tales of everything from trekking through Alaska on snowmobiles, to dancing with a drunk. She somehow manages to weave every personal experience into a finely crafted song, delivered with her trademark sensual yet athletic voice.

In a review the Sydney Morning Herald wrote: “Olsen, an itinerant troubadour who regularly graces Australian folk festivals, was at her most engaging. Such was the candour of her songs and chatty tales that it would be impossible for anyone with blood in their veins not to empathise with her. Her full-throated voice and crisp guitar served up such diverse subject matter as cropdusting and prostitution, while a revealing yarn about life- drawing classes introduced ‘The Truth of a Woman’.”

At Southern Cross University, Kristina will give a two-hour workshop on singing technique and song writing, working with students to give performance and industry feedback, as well as singing some of her favourite songs.

Southern Cross University’s Women in Music Program, now in its ninth year, has been essential for addressing issues faced in the access, retention and success of female students in the non-traditional area of Contemporary Music at the University, said Leigh Carriage, lecturer in the Contemporary Music program.

“This project gives students the opportunity to experience first-hand the diversity of professional women working in the contemporary music industry, and to meet, be taught by, and network with, some leading female practitioners,” Leigh said.

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Photo: Kristina Olsen is coming to Southern Cross University to work with Contemporary Music students. Media opportunity: Members of the media are invited to a media conference with Kristina Olsen from 12pm to 1pm on Tuesday, September 9, in the School of Contemporary Music’s performance room, Room D129, at the Lismore campus. Kristina will also be performing in the region at the Bangalow Catholic Hall on Friday, October 10.

Media contact: Zoe Satherley Southern Cross University media officer, 6620 3144, 0439 132 095.