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Event news: Okkyung Lee residency at Cafe Oto

Okkyung Lee is one of the performers participating in Sora Kim’s current exhibition at the KCC. Thanks to Lissy for pointing this series of performances out to me. This is a residency I’m really excited about and I’m going to be sure to get to one of the evenings.

Okkyung Lee – Four Day Residency

With Christian Marclay + Lasse Marhaug + Stephen O‘Malley + Mark Fell + More
29 October – 1 November 2015
Cafe OTO | 18–22 Ashwin Street | Dalston | London E8 3DL |
£15 | £12 Advance | £10 Members per event
£42 Advance | £32 Members series pass
Book tickets

  • Day One: Thursday 29 October 2015, 8pm
    Okkyung Lee / Rhodri Davies / Lasse Marhaug (Trio) + Stephen O’malley / Okkyung Lee (Duo)
  • Day Two: Friday 30 October 2015, 8pm
    Mark Fell / Okkyung Lee (Duo) + Okkyung Lee (Solo)
  • Day Three: Saturday 31 October 2015, 8pm
    Okkyung Lee / Pat Thomas / Jennifer Walshe (Trio) + Christian Marclay / Okkyung Lee (Duo)
  • Day Four: Sunday 1 November 2015, 8pm
    Bill Orcutt / Okkyung Lee (Duo) + Okkyung Lee New Compositions nor String Quartet (Daniel Pioro, Jonathan Morton, Angharad Davies, Anton Lukoszevieze) With Mark Sanders

Okkyung Lee

We’re hugely excited to present a very special four-day residency with cellist Okkyung Lee, featuring a packed line-up of collaborators old and new. Lee is one of the most dynamic forces in improvised music today, a fearless and compelling musician whose playing incorporates a love of noise, extraordinary technique and elements from the outer fringes of contemporary composition. Originally from South Korea but now based in New York, Lee has collaborated with many of the leading figures in creative music today, including Christian Marclay, Thurston Moore, Wadada Leo Smith, Ikue Mori, Evan Parker, C. Spencer Yeh, Carlos Giffoni and Maja Rajtke. In 2013 she released ‘Ghil’ an LP of coruscating solo improvisations recorded direct to dictaphone by Lasse Marhaug that was widely hailed as the ‘noise record of the year’.

“Okkyung Lee distorts, disturbs and even deconstructs her instrument, to the point of rendering it unrecognisable. And the results are simply amazing.” – Joseph Burnett, The Quietus


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.


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