The back alleys and powerplants that were the setting for 'Ghil' might have been replaced by OTO's candle-lit concrete, but Okkyung Lee's live set is as fierce and compelling as the record dubbed 'the noise album of 2013'. Swap Lasse Mahaug's tape recorder for dynamic microphones and Lee's scrapes and scrawls on the cello crawl right up inside your ear.
Okkyung Lee / cello
1. all the small grey dots (27.34)
Recorded by Kate Arnold on Wednesday 14th August, 2013. Mized by John Chantler. Mastered by James Dunn. Photo by Fabio Lugaro.
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A native of Korea, Okkyung Lee has been developing her own voice in a contemporary cello performance, improvisation and composition. with her solid classical training as a foundation, she incorporates jazz, sounds, Korean traditional music, and noise with extended techniques to create her unique blend of music.
Since moving to New York in 2000, she has performed and recorded with numerous artists such as Laurie Anderson, Carla Bozulich, John Butcher, Nels Cline, Chris Corsano, Axel Dörner, John Edwards, Carlos Giffoni, Vijay Iyer, Urs Leimgruber, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Evan Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, Tyshawn Sorey, C Spencer Yeh and John Zorn to name a few.
Okkyung has released albums on Tzadik, psi, Dancing Wayang, Ecstatic Peace!, Emanem and Editions Mego. She has received a composer commission from New York state council on the arts in 2007 and foundation for contemporary arts grant in 2010.