OKKYUNG LEE

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Cellist Okkyung Lee is one of the most dynamic forces in improvised music today, a fearless and powerful performer whose playing incorporates a love of noise, extended technique and elements from the outer fringes of contemporary composition. A native of Korea, Okkyung Lee has been devel­op­ing her own voice in a con­tem­po­rary cello per­for­mance and impro­vi­sa­tion. Using her clas­si­cal train­ing as a spring­board, she incor­po­rates jazz, sounds, Korean tra­di­tional music, and noise with extended techniques. Since mov­ing to New York in 2000, she has per­formed and recorded with numer­ous artists such as Derek Bai­ley, Jaap Blonk, Nels Cline, Anthony Cole­man, Mark Dresser, Shel­ley Hirsch, Susie Ibarra, Vijay Iyer, Eyvind Kang, Alonzo King, Chris­t­ian Mar­clay, Raz Mesinai, Min Xiao-Fen, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Lawrence D. “Butch” Mor­ris, Jim O’Rourke, Zeena Parkins, Marc Ribot, Marina Rosen­feld, Elliott Sharp and John Zorn to name a few. Okkyung holds dual bachelor’s degrees in film scoring/contemporary writ­ing & read more...
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Cheol-Kkot-Sae (Steel.Flower.Bird)Cheol-Kkot-Sae (Steel.Flower.Bird)
Tzadik 2018
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Tzadik 2011
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Tzadik 2005
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OKKYUNG LEE Nihm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nihm
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
OKKYUNG LEE I Saw The Ghost Of An Unknown Soul And It Said... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Saw The Ghost Of An Unknown Soul And It Said...
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
OKKYUNG LEE Noisy Love Songs (for George Dyer) album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Noisy Love Songs (for George Dyer)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
OKKYUNG LEE Anicca (with Phil Minton) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anicca (with Phil Minton)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
OKKYUNG LEE Ghil album cover 3.95 | 2 ratings
Ghil
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2013
OKKYUNG LEE Wake Up Awesome (with C. Spencer Yeh, Lasse Marhaug) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wake Up Awesome (with C. Spencer Yeh, Lasse Marhaug)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2013
OKKYUNG LEE Speckled Stones And Dissonant Green Dots album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Speckled Stones And Dissonant Green Dots
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2018

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OKKYUNG LEE From The Earth To The Spheres Vol. 7 (with Christian Marclay / My Cat Is An Alien) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From The Earth To The Spheres Vol. 7 (with Christian Marclay / My Cat Is An Alien)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
OKKYUNG LEE 57 answers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
57 answers
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2013
OKKYUNG LEE Jukebox Series #6 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jukebox Series #6
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2016

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OKKYUNG LEE Check For Monsters (with Peter Evans / Steve Beresford) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Check For Monsters (with Peter Evans / Steve Beresford)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
OKKYUNG LEE Okkyung Lee & Chris Corsano & Bill Nace : Live At Stone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Okkyung Lee & Chris Corsano & Bill Nace : Live At Stone
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
OKKYUNG LEE Okkyung Lee, London Sinfonietta ‎: Live At White Cube album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Okkyung Lee, London Sinfonietta ‎: Live At White Cube
Third Stream 2015
OKKYUNG LEE 14.8.13 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
14.8.13
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2016
OKKYUNG LEE Okkyung Lee / Christian Marclay : Amalgam album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Okkyung Lee / Christian Marclay : Amalgam
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2016
OKKYUNG LEE Okkyung  Lee / Bill Orcutt : Live at Cafe OTO album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Okkyung Lee / Bill Orcutt : Live at Cafe OTO
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2016
OKKYUNG LEE Dahl​-​Tah​-​Ghi album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dahl​-​Tah​-​Ghi
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2018
OKKYUNG LEE Cheol-Kkot-Sae (Steel.Flower.Bird) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cheol-Kkot-Sae (Steel.Flower.Bird)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2018
OKKYUNG LEE Okkyung Lee, Ches Smith, Chris Corsano : Libra Rising album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Okkyung Lee, Ches Smith, Chris Corsano : Libra Rising
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2018

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OKKYUNG LEE Noisy Love Songs (for George Dyer)

Album · 2010 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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"Noisy Love Songs" is Korean cellist Okkyung Lee's second album on Tzadik, five years after her debut (on Tzadik as well). Its a small piece of beauty and art, just in a NY downtown manner.

The album opens with three tuneful songs full of soul. Lee's Eastern naturalism and asceticism are in full effect, lots of space and chamber style groove-less sound. All familiar elements that we know from many other Tzadik recordings, just without the klezmer/Eastern European roots and characteristic sentimentalism. Right when the experienced listener starts to feel danger(is this another catchy artsy Zorn commercially-oriented product?), Okkyung switches towards radical free-form improvs, and again - all are deeply rooted in an Eastern ascetic. These improvs contain small pieces of tunes, similar to what we already heard on the first three songs and while being far less accessible, are still cinematographic enough to become a soundtrack to some artsy cartoon one day.

Following the formula already mentioned above, after the three improvs, the music becomes different again - this time it's kind of freaky rock-jazz with electric violin sounding as heavy-metal solo guitar, accompanied by repetitive doomy rhythms. Then - a percussion and cello dialogue, first slightly melancholic, later - passionate, almost explosive. A few more down-tempo minimalist tuneful songs, similar to the album's opener closes the album.

A great team of collaborators (including percussionist John Hollenbeck (of Claudia Quintet),trumpeter Peter Evans (of Mostly Other People Do The Killing), pianist Craig Taborn, and the main Tzadik electronics wizard, Ikue Mori,among others), did a great job here - every sound on this album is added only if it really needs to be there. An excellent work of non-orthodox chamber jazz, more modern and less mannerist than its European equivalent from the ECM catalog. Great example of how experimental music can be accessible and attractive too.

This is the right place to start for everyone interested in one of the most interesting contemporary NY downtown artists. Okkyung's other albums are all different but often less accessible.

OKKYUNG LEE Ghil

Album · 2013 · Jazz Related Improv/Composition
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Korea-born, New York-based, Berklee and New England Conservatory graduate/post-graduate composer and cellist Okkyung Lee owns a high position in a list of leading NY downtown innovative musicians. She has played with Laurie Anderson, Evan Parker, Wadada Leo Smith and Butch Morris, and has participated on some of John Zorn's experimental third stream albums. "Ghil" is her new turn - and it is logically rooted in her previous musical experiences.

This album contains solo cello recordings, but don't expect chamber atmosphere, warm tones and comfortable music. Okkyung's nearest influence is early Derek Bailey, but instead of guitar you hear distorted and often deconstructed cello. Likewise, instead of British humor, you get a strong classical background and Eastern brutal noise improvisations in a tradition known from Japanese avant-rockers.

This album was produced by Norwegian noise musician Lasse Marhaug. He used an old 1976 portable tape recorder, plus an odd use of mics and had the recordings take place in such unorthodox places as an abandoned hydroelectric powerplant in the Norwegian mountains, a back alley in Oslo or a cabin in the woods. Usually I don't care much about such details counting them as another marketing trick, but here on this album, the ambiance is a physical part of the music with no doubt.

This recorded material was released on the Austrian noise label Ideologic Organ, with minimal editing and without overdubs or other manipulation. The music presented is noisy, scratchy, distorted and always physical. Different from the myriad of other noise or noisy improv recordings around, this recording is well organized and you can feel some compositional background all the time. Starting from early Derek Bailey works, I can hardly remember such a successful combination of abrasive, scratchy, industrial, distortion on the outside form, while well-balanced philosophic content is maintaind inside. A very Eastern zen-like emotional statement makes for an unusual basis for almost punkish external form, though nothing sounds really punkish. In fact, Okkyung does not sound too different from her playing on Zorn's contemporary classical recordings, just the ambiance is not as chamber-like. Add her unique lyrical touch, which is obviously presented even on scratchy improvs ("art-noise improvs"?), and you have Okkyung's "Ghil", almost a masterpiece of modern noise-related improvisational music.

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