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Okkyung Lee: Live at the ICA

Date: Sunday 25 June 2023, 7pm
Institute of Contemporary Arts | The Mall | London SW1Y 5AH | | [Map]

Tickets: £20.05 | Get tickets here
Okkyung Lee

Presenting a rare London appearance by South Korean composer and improviser Okkyung Lee, whose extended use of the cello moves freely between artistic disciples and contingencies, creating vast sonic landscapes across noise, jazz, western classical, as well as her homeland’s traditional and popular music. The artist’s unique approach to her instrument has seen acclaimed releases on legendary New York composer John Zorn’s Tzadik label, as well as the influential experimental music imprint Editions Mego, run by the late Peter Rehberg. Appearing on more than 30 albums, Lee’s expansive practice across art and avant-garde music has seen her collaborate with the likes of Laurie Anderson, Arca, David Behrman, Chris Corsano, Mark Fell, Douglas Gordon, Jenny Hval, Vijay Iyer, Christian Marclay, Bill Orcutt, Marina Rosenfeld, and John Zorn among others. She has performed in equally varied contexts, whether embarking on an extended tour with the renowned experimental rock band Swans or collaborating with visual artist Haroon Mizra.

Best known for her improvisational work utilising visceral extended techniques for the last two decades, she started developing site-specific works, responding to its architecture, audience, or objects surrounding her, producing an immersive experience that also challenges the built-in hierarchy in traditional concert settings.

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