Okkyung Lee is a cellist, composer, and improviser who moves freely between of artistic disciples and contingencies. Since moving to New York in 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.
Even though Lee is probably known best for her improvisational work utilizing visceral extended techniques for more than a decade, from 2010 Lee started developing many site-specific works, responding to its architecture, audience, or objects surrounding her, producing an immersive experience.
Over the last two decades, Lee has collaborated with Arca, David Behrman, Chris Corsano, Mark Fell, Ellen Fullman, Douglas Gordon, Jenny Hval, Vijay Iyer, Christian Marclay, Ikue Mori, Bill Orcutt, Marina Rosenfeld, and John Zorn among others. In recent years she’s performed in equally varied contexts, whether embarking on an extended tour with the legendary experimental rock band Swans or performing in many museums and galleries such as Whitney Museums of American Art (New York, USA), Met Breuer (New York, USA), Tinguley Museum (Basel, Switzerland), Museo del Novecento (Milan, Italy), Serpentine Galleries (London, UK), White Cube Galleries (London, UK) and many others.
At No Bounds Okkyung will be performing with Liz Kosack as part of Tactical Contact at Kelham Island Museum