December 13, 2012

Making Noise: Film captures rhythms that drive the music of Olas

The documentary features studio footage of the making of the band's new EP, " along with vignettes designed by each of Olas' eight members.

By Aimsel Ponti
News Assistant

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The musicians and dancers of Olas are featured in a documentary about the group that will premiere on Saturday at Space Gallery.

Pierce McCleary photo


"Puerta del Principe," Manolo San Lucar

"Alcazaba (Media Granaina)," Estrella Morente

"Mi Nina Se Fue a La Mar," Camaron

"Heartbeat," Nneka

"Loliwe," Zahara

"Utru Horas," Orchestra Baobab

"Alright," Zap Mama

"In Love With You," Erykah Badu

"Between Two Lungs," Florence and The Machine

"The Twelfth of Never," Nina Simone



WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $10; all ages show


TURN YOUR RADIO DIAL to 102.9 WBLM every Friday at 8:30 a.m. to hear Aimsel Ponti wax poetic about her top live music picks for the week with the Captain and Celeste.

What's your favorite part about being a member of Olas?

Being part of the community that we have created. We are a family. Many of us were friends before we became Olas, and there is a level of support and communication, spoken and unspoken, that allows a deeper connection to the work we do, its deliverance and how it is felt among us. Many of the songs and dances reflect very personal stories, and when we play and dance them, there is genuine care about what we are expressing, because we care very much about each other.

There is also an amazing atmosphere of creative freedom to try new things, to dare to push to new edges in the choreographies, for example, because there is a lot of love and solid support. Artistically, it is unique in that each of us brings something different to the individual works we create and the projects we do. It happens very organically and becomes something that satisfies us in a way that perhaps one single genre could not. The music, dance, place, culture are all one and the same; there is little to no separation.

To me, Olas does something similar; it embodies our own culture, our own little world, while incorporating music and dance into our daily lives. Because of all of these elements, when we convene to practice, something sacred happens. "Sacred" is the best word I have to describe what Olas feels like to me.

Staff Writer Aimsel Ponti can be contacted at 791-6455 or at:

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