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Okkyung Lee

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A native of Korea, Okkyung Lee has been developing her own voice in a contemporary cello performance, improvisation and composition. Using her solid classical training as a springboard, she incorporates jazz, sounds, Korean traditional music, noise with extended techniques and create her unique blend of music. Since moving to New York in 2000, she has performed and recorded with numerous artists such as Derek Bailey, Carla Bozulich, Jaap Blonk, Nels Cline, Anthony Coleman, Mark Dresser, Shelley Hirsch, Susie Ibarra, Vijay Iyer, Eyvind Kang, Alonzo King, Andrew Lampert, Christian Marclay, Raz Mesinai, Min Xiao-Fen, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris, Jim O'Rourke, Zeena Parkins, Marc Ribot, Marina Rosenfeld, Elliot Sharp, Saadet Türköz and John Zorn, to name a few. Her performances have been featured in the follwing US and international festivals: whitney biennial 2006 "Day for Night" (new york, ny), BAM Next Wave Festival (brooklyn, ny) , San Francisco Jazz Festival (san francisco, ca), Time Based Arts Festival (portland, or), Kill Your Timid Notion Festival (scotland), International Festival Musique Actuelle Victoriaville (canada), Sons d’Hiver Festival (france), Off New York! Concert Series (germany), Festival (austria), Moers Festival (germany), Taktlos Festival (switzerland), La Biennale di Venezia (italy). In 2007, she primiered two new compositions; one commissoned by New York States Council on the Arts for 9 piece ensemble at roulette in new york, and the other commissioned by the kitchen in new york for 4 musicians and visuals by film maker andrew lampert. Okkyung holds dual bachelor's degrees in Film Scoring/Contemporary Writing & Production from Berklee College of Music, and master's degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory of Music.

Firehouse 12 Performances

Wadada Leo Smith's Organic Resonance Friday, April 17, 2009, 10:00p
Min Xiao-Fen's Asian Trio Friday, May 23, 2008, 10:00p

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