Okkyung Lee. Artist Talk


Practical information

Tune in English
free admission

Event overview

Okkyung Lee is a cellist, composer, and improviser who moves freely between artistic disciplines, working as a solo artist as well as collaborator in a wide range of genres and fields. Her influences include noise, improvisation, jazz, western classical, and her native Korea’s traditional and popular music, all of which have contributed to her highly distinctive practice, driven by a fearless sense for experimentation. Over the years she has collaborated with artists Laurie Anderson, David Behrman, Arca, Jim O’Rourke and John Zorn to name a few. She has appeared on more than 30 albums, and recently released the hauntingly beautiful solo album 나를 (Na-Reul) (2021), and Teum (The Silvery Slit) in 2020, a richly textured and earthly sound environment.

Renowned for her improvisational work utilizing visceral extended techniques, Lee’s practice includes site-specific compositions, responding to diverse architecture, audiences, and surrounding objects, producing immersive experiences that challenge built-in hierarchies in traditional concert settings.

For “Tune”, she will develop a sonic texture that feels almost tangible and interwoven with lyricism, drawing and expanding on music from 나를 (Na-Reul) as a live improvisation, to be performed in the Westgalerie on the first evening. On the second evening, she explores the relationship between the space, audience and performer in a new site-specific work for the Auditorium of Haus der Kunst that will be developed during her residency.

Admission to the Artist Talk is free.