Interlude Docs

Doc 053: Okkyung Lee

This is a very old solo piece of mine from early 2000 before I moved to New York, recorded sometime in the spring that year in Boston while finishing a master’s program. After moving to New York in August that year, my musical ideas were shattered and challenged in the most exciting ways once I began playing with other musicians in the scene. The recording represents the artistic state I was deeply immersed in; the only thing I can relate to now is the pressure I was putting on the bow which you can hear through the noise. 

I titled it “Flow” for a reason I cannot remember.

Okkyung Lee is a cellist, composer, and improviser who moves freely between artistic disciples and contingencies. Since 2000 she has worked in disparate contexts as a solo artist and collaborator with creators in a wide range of disciplines. A native of South Korea, Lee has taken a broad array of inspirations—including noise, improvisation, jazz, western classical, and the traditional and popular music of her homeland—and used them to forge a highly distinctive approach. Her curiosity and a determined sense of exploration guide the work she has made in disparate contexts. She is based in New York.


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