Diana Alvarez and Olivia Nied at Stage 33 Live

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Olivia Nied has been performing since she was nine years old as a soloist, ensemble leader, and side person in styles ranging from edgy pop, to jazz fusion, to hip hop, and straight up rock and roll. Her solo performances often utilize looping and multiple instruments. As a transgender/queer musician, Olivia often incorporates LGBTQ+ lyrical themes in her work, and believes in creating safe spaces at her shows for gender diverse individuals. She was awarded a merit scholarship to Berklee College of Music’s Summer Jazz Program, where she received honors. She has also studied at the Vermont Jazz Center, and studied music and film at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2020. While at Hampshire College, Olivia studied music at Goldsmiths University in London, and filmmaking in Paris.

Doctora Xingona Diana Alvarez’s ancestors bloom in her/their voice, roaring an otherworldly fire against oppression, exalting queer love and liberation, and creating a gripping atmosphere for healing in poetic songs that live in-between, where borders are a myth. An expansive multimedia artist and educator, Doctora Xingona’s music, poetry, performances, films, and gatherings center transcendence, kinship, and the co-liberation and nourishment of queer and trans artists of color. Doctora Xingona is the composer and filmmaker behind the award-winning “Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera,” a multimedia performance altar for queer and trans BIPOC artists to convene and manifest futures, described in the press as an “acoustically stunning performance.” Doctora Xingona’s new album, “Ser Artista,” is a roaring, genderqueer, extraterrestrial, Xicanx collection. Dr. Alvarez earned her doctorate in electronic arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, mentored by groundbreaking composer Pauline Oliveros, and is an invited performer, guest lecturer, workshop facilitator, and keynote speaker at venues and schools across the U.S. and worldwide.

Diana Alvarez and Olivia Nied will co-headline Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vt., on Sunday, Aug. 27, in a 3 p.m. matinee. Tickets can be purchased online in advance at www.stage33live.com, or at the door for an additional fee. There is limited seating for this event, and it will be recorded and filmed.

Masks are required at this event, as one of the performers is immunocompromised. The venue will have disposable masks available. The performers will remove their masks while performing. A pair of high-capacity air purifiers will be placed between the stage and the audience. All seating will be a minimum of 10 feet from the stage. Please do not attend if feeling ill.


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