Tonight’s performance highlights the improvised
collaboration between acclaimed experimental cellist Okkyung Lee and artist
Haroon Mirza. Combining video material, electrical signals and the cello, Lee
and Mirza will draw from their repertoire while continuing to build on their
longstanding collaborative relationship.
**Warning: Tonight's performance includes bright, flashing lights which may cause discomfort and/or seizures for those with photosensitive epilepsy.
About the artists Okkyung Lee is a cellist, composer and
improviser who moves freely between of artistic disciples and contingencies. 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. 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. She has
appeared on more than 30 albums including “Cheol-Kkot-Sae
(Steel.Flower.Bird)” released by Tzadik and “The Air Around Her” with
Ellen Fullman and released by 1703 Skivbolaget. She is currently producing a
debut album of her Yeo-Neun Quartet with harpist Maeve Gilchrist, pianist Jacob
Sacks, and bassist Eivind Opsvik that explores the lyrical side of her writing.
Haroon Mirza is a London-based artist who creates installations
that test the interplay and friction between sound and electromagnetic
waves. He devises sculptures, performances and immersive
installations that asks us to reconsider the perceptual distinctions
between noise, sound and music. Dipping into disciplines such as design, music,
architecture, particle physics, neuroscience and theology, Mirza questions the
boundaries of human experience. Recent solo exhibitions include Haroon Mirza: The Night Journey at the Asian
Art Museum as well as solo shows at Ikon, Birmingham, U.K., and at Nikolaj
Kunsthal in Copenhagen. His work was included in the 7th Shenzhen Sculpture
Biennale in China (2012) and the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), where he was
awarded the Silver Lion. In 2018, Mirza unveiled Stone Circle, an outdoor
sculpture commissioned by Ballroom Marfa, in Texas, which will remain in the
landscape for five years.