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Event news: Okkyung Lee and Bill Orcutt at Cafe Oto

I found out too late. But for the record, this was on at Cafe Oto this evening:

Okkyung Lee / Bill Orcutt (Duo) + Pat Thomas / Bill Orcutt / Paul Abbott (Trio)

Cafe Oto, 28 Sept 2016, 8pm

Okkyung Lee and Bill Orcutt

Okkyung Lee and Bill Orcutt return to OTO following their phenomenal duo performance here last year, subsequently released on our in-house OTOROKU label. Orcutt also performs in a very special trio alongside Pat Thomas (piano) and Paul Abbott (drums).

Okkyung Lee

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.

Bill Orcutt

Former guitarist and founder of the duo Harry Pussy (later a trio) Bill Orcutt’s sound is a stuttered reimagining of blues guitar. One can hear familiar Southern folk scales between Orcutt’s jagged solo acoustic phrases, pulling and pushing melodies into unresolved fragments that eventually come unmoored in vast and satisfying note-torrents.

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