Okkyung Lee

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Krentz Ratings:
Nihm (2005), 6.5/10
I Saw The Ghost of an Unknown Soul and it Said (2008), 7/10
Noisy Love Songs (2010), 6/10
Ghil (2012), 6/10
Trokaan (2013), 6/10
Amalgam (2014), 6/10
Piper (2014), 6/10
Cheol-Kkot-Sae/ Steel-Flower-Bird (2016), 6.5/10
The Air Around Her (2016), 6/10
Speckled Stones and Dissonant Green Dots (2018), 6/10
Yeu-Neun (2019), 7/10

Korean-born cellist Okkyung Lee moved to New York in 2000 played on albums by Butch Morris, Zeena Parkins, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, John Zorn, Nels Cline, Anthony Coleman, Mark Dresser, Shelley Hirsch, Vijay Iyer, Eyvind Kang, as well as on albums by rock musicians such as Badawi, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori and Jim O'Rourke.

Her first album already proved that she was one of the most creative cellists of her generation: Nihm (Tzadik, 2005) contains collaborations with drummer John Hollenbeck of the Claudia Quintet, electronic musician Ikue Mori, clarinetist Doug Wieselman, bassist Trevor Dunn of Faith No More fame, percussionist Tim Barnes, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, and harpist Shelley Burgon.

I Saw The Ghost Of An Unknown Soul And It Said (Ecstatic Peace, 2008) contains six solo improvisations recorded in 2006.

Noisy Love Songs (Tzadik, 2010) was basically a continuation of Nihm, featuring Ikue Mori, John Hollenbeck, electronics musician Satoshi Takeishi, pianist Craig Taborn, trumpeter Peter Evans, violinist Cornelius Dufallo, and bassist Chris Tordini.

Anicca (2011) was a collaboration with avantgarde vocalist Phil Minton.

The Bleeding Edge (may 2010) was a collaboration with saxophonist Evan Parker and trumpeter Peter Evans, recorded in a church.

White Cable, Black Wires (may 2011), recorded in a London chapel, was a collaboration with double bassist John Edwards.

Cold / Burn (2012) was a collaboration with guitarist Anla Courtis, organist Jon Wesseltoft, and violinist Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core.

The nine solo improvisations of Ghil (june 2012) continued instead the program of I Saw The Ghost.

Wake Up Awesome (2013) was a collaboration with violinist Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core and electronic musician Lasse Marhaug of Jazzkammer.

Live At Cafe Oto (november 2015) document improvisations with guitarist Bill Orcutt .

The 36-minute long piece of Amalgam (april 2014) was a live collaboration between Okkyung Lee on cello and Christian Marclay on turntables.

Dahl-Tah-Ghi (june 2013)

Trokaan (march 2013), which includes the 13-minute Exp (april 2011), was a collaboration with pianist Achim Kaufmann and trumpeter Axel Doerner.

The 19-minute piece of Piper (2014), recorded in 2010, was a duet with organist Jon Wesseltoft.

Live At White Cube (march 2015) documents a live improvisation with the London Sinfonietta.

Live At Stone (may 2014) was a collaboration with drummer Chris Corsano and guitarist Bill Nace.

Cheol-Kkot-Sae/ Steel-Flower-Bird (october 2016), with John Butcher (saxes), Jae-Hyo Chang (korean traditional percussion), John Edwards (bass), Song-Hee Kwon (pansori singing), Lasse Marhaug (electronics) and ches smith (percussion and vibes), was mainly devoted to the 38-minute Cheol-Kkot-Sae.

Speckled Stones And Dissonant Green Dots (Notice, 2018), recorded in 2017, contains two pieces for cello, computer and synthesizer.

The 40-minute piece of The Air Around Her (february 2016) was a live collaboration with Ellen Fullman.

She played on recordings by Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, David Behrman, Vijay Iyer, Jim O'Rourke, etc.

The Yeo-Neun Quartet, formed by Lee in 2016, with Maeve Gilchrist (harp), Eivind Opsvik (bass) and Jacob Sacks (piano), debuted on Yeo-Neun (january 2019).

Na-Reul (october 2020) is a solo album composed during the covid pandemic.

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