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residency week at the stone, may 6-11…!

okkyung lee residency week at the stone

8 pm
ches smith – drums/percussion
okkyung lee – cello
10 pm
laurie anderson – violin
okkyung lee – cello

7th, wednesday

8 pm
ikue mori – computer
vijay iyer – piano
okkyung lee – cello
10 pm
kim gordon – guitar/voice
okkyung lee – cello

8th, thursday

8 pm
theo bleckmann – voice/electronics
okkyung lee – cello
10 pm
marina rosenfeld – composition/turntables

okkyung lee – cello

9th, friday

8 pm
liberty ellman – guitar
okkyung lee – cell0/compositions
tim lüntzel – bass
ches smith – drums
10 pm
jenny hval – voice/keyboard
håvard volden – guitar
okkyung lee – cello

10th, saturday

8 pm
c spencer yeh – violin/voice
okkyung lee – cello
10 pm
bill nace – guitar
chris corsano – drums
okkyung lee – cello

11th, sunday

8 pm
craig taborn – piano
tyshawn sorey – drums
okkyung lee – cello
10 pm
michelle boulé – objects
okkyung lee – cello/sounds

all $15 to enter
the stone, avenue c and east 2nd street, new york, ny



unlimited 27 @ Kulturverein Waschaecht Wels Austria The Most Beautiful Noise In The World curated by Okkyung Lee

unlimited 27 @ Kulturverein Waschaecht Wels Austria The Most Beautiful Noise In The World  curated by Okkyung Lee


my new solo record “ghil” will be out later in june…

my new solo record “ghil” will be out later in june…

57 answers – new composition now available for download on audition records…!

about a year ago, julian bonequi, the mastermind behind net only label audition records approached me to do a release with him… i wanted to present something that was different and exciting for me and decided to record a overdub solo piece… i started experimenting with this format when i did a piece for compilation album called rusk a few years back and thought that would be fun to develop something even more intricate… julian was more than extremely patient and kind during the process and the post production period… and now it’s out for your pleasure, well, for €6 only…!

then there’s a review in spanish here…

new york…

back in new york only for briefly… was bummed to see it all cold and gray yesterday but today was a big improvement… and going through the immigration took more than an hour… seriously that might have been the longest i’ve ever had to wait… now i’m staying at my friend’s place in clinton hill and already discovered 2 nice spots… one is called urban vintage on grand avenue which has a very good coffee and friendly woman behind the counter… she had a very distinctive laughter… and they didn’t play any music which was exactly what i wanted…! then just around the corner there’s this place called choice market on lafayette had nice looking food… think will go there for tomorrow breakfast/lunch… i ended up going to hampton chutney today for lunch after going to the apple store in soho and it was still good… so glad their food didn’t go downhill… so many places to check out in such a short time…!


not feeling super great… maybe it’s really because of mercury retrograde happening right now… ha… but also don’t want to beat myself up for it… i mean i don’t have to feel happy and content all the time, right…? i’m only human… let’s see how i feel after the 23rd when this retrograde thing is supposed to be over… meanwhile all i can do is to go on…

noisy love songs (for george dyer)

finally it’s official…! my second album on tzadik will be released this march…! the follwing are the track listings and musicians involved…










1. one hundred years old rain (the same river twice)
2. upon a fallen tree
3. kung
4. saeya saeya
5. white night
6. danji
7. roundabout
8. bodies
9. silenced answer
10. steely morning (bonus track)
11. yellow river

cornelius dufallo – violin
peter evans – trumpet
okkyung lee – cello
craig taborn – piano
satoshi takeishi – percussion + electronics
christopher tordini – bass

ikue mori – electronics (on steely morning)
john hollenbeck – percussion (on steely morning)

modern life…

before i moved to new york 10 years ago, i’d never imagined myself writing blogs, updating my website, finding friends on facebook, uploading music to myspace, checking my emails every 10 minutes, sending text messages to friends all over the world, talking to my family via skype and twitting little silly things to say and chatting online for hours… in a way it’s really taking my life over… yes, i can turn it all off and live my life but as we all know this shallow (not all the time obviously) satisfaction of being “connected” to the outside can be so comforting and assuring… but then also it can be turned into some kind of vague fear that you might be missing out on something… but even when you are not constantly sending out the signal that you exist, the world is not going to disappear on you… it’ll still be there when you “reconnect” through all these various and mysterious technological outputs… yes, i know… but still…

ah, modern life…

hallo again…

hmm, it seems like it’s been ages since i posted my last blog… well, a lot has happened since then for sure… i’ve been traveling even more than last year and actually i spent more than half of my time outside new york this year…

also i started to spend more time in berlin which is becoming my second home these days… as a matter of fact, my visa to us got delayed over the summer and i decided to stay put here until i go on a tour with spencer and peter in mid october…

this summer i did my first ever residency in krems, austria which was a great experience… and it was topped with this great encounter with korean traditional percussion group sonagi, led by magnetic jae-hyo jang along with great hahn rowe… that was my very first time collaborating with korean traditional musicians fully and sure hope to continue doing more…

also i had my very first “vacation” in years… i think the last time i had something similar was when i was 18…? and it was this crazy trip i took with my mom as part of korean tour group… you know, a large group of people traveling in buses and go to millions of tourist attractions in such cramped schedules…? i swear we went to five different countries in one week… funny thing is that we were always led to korean restaurants for meals… other than that i barely remember anything… however i’m happy to report that this vacation i took this summer was a real one… spent most of time in northern italy basically doing nothing but strolling around old towns, beaches and eating lots of yummy food… ah, how did i get so lucky…? i even got to see this amazing meteor shower one night and it sure was magical… was even better than the time i went to central park and waited until 4 am many years ago… made me understand why people used to think stars were hanging from the sky… they were so close as if i could just reach out and touch them… just lovely…

oh, another achievement this summer… i learned how to ride a bike…! it took me only a few days surprisingly… and now i’m even brave enough to ride bikes on the streets… of course i’m still tense and scared riding it next to cars or fast bikers but what a great way to navigate around in berlin…!

hmm… i guess i had a pretty good summer… even though it got kind of screwy at the end with visa and some other stuff but still… it’s nice to have sweet memories to look back at…

now i cannot wait to go out on the road again…