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Okkyung Lee

vc, *1975 KR, Daejeon
Musician of Jazz

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 & pro­duc­tion from Berklee Col­lege of Music, and master’s degree in con­tem­po­rary impro­vi­sa­tion from New Eng­land Con­ser­va­tory of Music.

  • Jazz
  • Classical
  • Rock
  • Electronic
Popular Tracks   
Here We Are (Once Again) on Yeo-Neun by Okkyung Lee
Cheol-Kkot on Ghil by Okkyung Lee
Another Old Story (옛날이야기) on Yeo-Neun by Okkyung Lee
The Yellow Porcelain Bird on Yeo-Neun by Okkyung Lee
Eternally (미련없이) on Yeo-Neun by Okkyung Lee
In Stardust (For Kang Kyung-ok) on Yeo-Neun by Okkyung Lee
One Bright Lazy Sunday Afternoon (You Whispered That Name) on Yeo-Neun by Okkyung Lee
Uiro (Up And Up And Up) on Yeo-Neun by Okkyung Lee
The Longest Morning on Yeo-Neun by Okkyung Lee
Facing Your Shadows on Yeo-Neun by Okkyung Lee

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Dahl​-​Tah​-​GhiOkkyung Lee2018Album
The Air Around HerEllen Fullman & Okkyung Lee2018Single
Cheol-Kkot-Sae (Steel.Flower.Bird)Okkyung Lee2018Album
Libra RisingOkkyung Lee - Ches Smith - Chris Corsano2018Single
14.8.13Okkyung Lee2016Single
LiveBill Orcutt & Okkyung Lee2016Single
Live At Cafe OtoOkkyung Lee / Bill Orcutt2016Album
Trost Jukebox Series #6Okkyung Lee, Lasse Marhaug2016Single
AmalgamOkkyung Lee / Christian Marclay2016Album
Live At StoneOkkyung Lee, Chris Corsano, Bill Nace2015Album
Live At White CubeOkkyung Lee, London Sinfonietta2015Album
PrecipitatesAxel Dörner, Okkyung Lee, Achim Kaufmann2014Album
SKEINFrank Gratkowski, Achim Kaufmann, Okkyung Lee, Richard Barrett, Tony Buck : SKEIN2014Album
PiperJon Wesseltoft, Okkyung Lee2014Single
GhilOkkyung Lee2013Album
Wake Up AwesomeC. Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, Lasse Marhaug2013Album
Look RightLisa Ullén, Okkyung Lee2013Album
57 AnswersOkkyung Lee2013Single
White Cable, Black WiresJohn Edwards, Okkyung Lee2013Album
Cold / BurnAnla Courtis, Okkyung Lee, C. Spencer Yeh, Jon Wesseltoft2012Album
Noisy Love SongsOkkyung Lee2011Album
AniccaOkkyung Lee & Phil Minton2011Album
The Bleeding EdgeEvan Parker / Okkyung Lee / Peter Evans2011Album
Check For MonstersOkkyung Lee / Peter Evans / Steve Beresford2009Album
I Saw The Ghost Of An Unknown Soul And It Said...Okkyung Lee2008Album
NihmOkkyung Lee2005Album
From The Earth To The Spheres Vol. 7Okkyung Lee & Christian Marclay / My Cat Is An Alien2005Album
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