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Cellist Okkyung Lee is one of the most dynamic forces in improvised music today, a fearless and powerful performer whose explosive solo playing incorporates a love of noise, extended technique and elements from the outer fringes of contemporary composition.

A native of Korea, Okkyung 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  music. Since moving to New York in 2000, she has performed and recorded with innumerable artists including Laurie Anderson, Carla Bozulich, John Butcher, Nels Cline, Chris Corsano, Axel Dörner, Carlos Giffoni, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Evan Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, C Spencer Yeh and John Zorn, and released solo albums on labels including Tzadik, Ecstatic Peace! and most recently the brilliantly-received LP Ghil on Ideologic Organ.

‘…Okkyung Lee effectively wipes the floor with just about every solo improviser out there, displaying a boldness and complete disregard to compromise that makes every last second a visceral thrill. In such a context, words mean very little. All that matters is the noise, and it’s blissful.’ (The Quietus, 2013)

Okkyung Lee’s website.

Further reading.

Aigon DAAC features Dominic Lash (double bass), Dan Bennett (laptop) and Stuart Chalmers (tapes). They meld analog cassette tapes, acoustic double bass and Iannis Xenakis’ Gendyn digital synthesis algorithms. Their improvisations move freely from minimal abstract textures through to dense, highly charged interactions.


Aigon DAAC will be on stage at 8pm approx.