"sparse, meditative and utterly involving"
Jon Pareles, The New York Times
Violist, violinist and singer-songwriter Marla Hansen has been active as a performing and recording musician throughout the United States and Europe. As violist of the New York based string quartet Osso, she toured and recorded with many different artists including Sufjan Stevens and My Brightest Diamond, and she can be heard on Osso’s critically acclaimed 2009 record “Run Rabbit Run.” She was violinist in Jens Lekman‘s band for several years, with whom she extensively toured and recorded. Marla has also worked with The National, Kim Janssen, The New Pornographers, Inlets, Mocky, Denison Witmer, Oneida, The Hidden Cameras, DM Stith, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Clare and the Reasons, Duncan Sheik and Alice and Ravi Coltrane among others.
Marla is an active songwriter and composer, and in 2007, the Indianapolis based Standard Recording Company released “Wedding Day,” a collection of songs for voice, viola and acoustic instruments. She also composed the score for the 2012 documentary film, The Other Half of Tomorrow, a film about women working for change in Pakistan.
Marla currently lives in Berlin, Germany with her husband film composer Christian Biegai. Recent musical activities include performances with Ben Lanz at the Michelberger Music Festival, and collaborating with Kim Janssen on his latest record, Cousins.