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OLIVIA KOMAHCHEET

(Comanche/Otoe)

MAATU

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ARTIST STATEMENT

The song “MAATU” (Comanche translation: up to someone or something, go through) highlights the act of preserving and blending American Indian tradition and legacy with proven forms of revitalization through translational songwriting and music production. Being a life-long creative, Olivia continues to accumulate knowledge, experience and an ever changing voice to curate innovative strategies to intertwine both past, present and future that can be enjoyed and understood universally. “MAATU” integrates Comanche language throughout the lyric, including kamakʉna (beloved / loved one), kʉ?rai (hope/ to have hope) yunaiʔtʉ (to feel at peace), katsowaatʉ (eternity, no end, afterlife), yʉ yʉ mukumiʔarʉ (live, move around, keep moving) to encourage to continuation of Indigenous language vitalization. Along with this, she incorporates her grandmother’s sample to further express the importance of seeking opportunities to learn and grow through past teachings. By using this unique landscape to seek deeper self-knowledge and purpose through music, Olivia intends to reveal the importance of amplifying Indigenous voices in a creative and innovative manner in order to effectively uplift other like minded change makers expressing their own interdisciplinary forms of radical authenticity and truth.

ARTIST BIO

Olivia is an established artistpreneur and owner of independent music company “LIVZ LLC.” A lifelong creative, Olivia has published works with Brooks Running, Square Register, Shudder TV, Netflix, Timbaland’s global music platform “BeatClub” and a 2023 Northwest Regional Emmy® Awards nominee finalist for her original guitar loops, beats and studio compositions. Alongside working in studio, Olivia’s touring experience encompasses over 50 live performances throughout the US and Canada and has performed virtually alongside Jewel, AWOLNATION, Jason Mraz, Sia and many more collectively intertwining a multitude of soundscapes often integrating alternative/indie, experimental art pop and indietronica.

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