Ken Ollis is a drummer and composer from Portland, OR. His latest release is entitled "Senses Sharpened", on the PJCE Records label. It is comprised of all Ollis' originals that draw upon influences, and techniques, borrowed from Messiaen, Webern and Tim Berne, along with several original techniques.
In addition to the Senses Sharpened trio, recent projects have included composing and performing two large scale suites of poetry settings (e.e. cummings, and Jane Hirshfield), playing solo concerts, and performing with The Demolition Duo. The Duo has a forthcoming album, also on PJCE Records, and recently received a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council to visit several Universities and give performance/lectures on free improvisation. Ken also regularly performs in collaboration with painters, poets, dancers, and cinematographers. His compositions are featured in the repertoire of the Paxselin Quartet, the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, PDX Ensemble, The Chamber of Commerce, and in his own groups.
He currently teaches in the music department at Portland State University and George Fox University, and has taught a multitude of clinics throughout the country. Ken holds an M.M. in Jazz Performance.