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Okkyung Lee / Paul G. Smyth Duo

Kevin Barry Room, The National Concert Hall
Thursday 28th May at 8.30pm

Irish pianist Smyth has invited Korean cellist Okkyung Lee to join him for the fifth concert in Note's series focused on his work, and it's easy to see why. Lee’s versatility has led her to collaborate with numerous artists such as Laurie Anderson, Christian Marclay, Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke, Evan Parker and John Zorn, and since moving to New York in 2000, has released over 20 albums, developing a unique and extraordinary voice in cello performance. A duo not to be missed.

Okkyung Lee

A native of Korea, Okkyung Lee has been developing her own voice in a contemporary cello performance, improvisation and composition for more than a decade by blending her wide interests and influences. Since moving to New York in 2000, She has released more than 20 albums including Wake Up Awesome with Lasse Marhaug and C. Spencer Yeh on Software/ Mexican Summer and the latest solo record Ghil on EditionsMego/Ideologic Organ, Noisy Love Songs (for George Dyer) on Tzadik, and toured extensively in the States and Europe. Okkyung’s versatility has led her to collaborate with numerous artists such as Laurie Anderson, David Behrman, Douglas Gordon, Vijay Iyer, Christian Marclay, Thurston Moore, Jim O’Rourke, Evan Parker and John Zorn to name just a few.

“Okkyung Lee effectively wipes the floor with just about every solo improviser out there, displaying a boldness and complete disregard to compromise that makes every last second a visceral thrill. In such a context, words mean very little. All that matters is the noise, and it’s blissful.” - The Quietus

As a composer, she has received a composer commission from New York State Council On The Arts in 2007 and prestigious Foundation For Contemporary Arts Grant in 2010 in Music/Sound. In November 2013, she curated Festival Music Unlimited 27 in Wels, Austria.

Paul G. Smyth

For the last 20 years, pianist Paul G. Smyth has been carving a unique furrow in Ireland’s cultural landscape. Parallel to his involvement with The Jimmy Cake (described by the Irish Times as “the most powerful musical force in Ireland”), Smyth has also set himself apart as a singular voice in Europe’s vigorous improvised music scene.

“considerable gifts as an improvisor ... a genuinely cathartic listening experience ... such fuck-you intensity” - The Wire

Since touring with Charles Gayle in 1999, he has worked with such luminaries as Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Keiji Haino, Barry Guy, Wadada Leo Smith, John Russell, Chris Corsano, Lol Coxhill, Charles Hayward, John Butcher, John Edwards, Hannah Marshall, Alan Wilkinson, Mark Sanders and Damo Suzuki, among many others, been a member of synth trio Boys Of Summer (“the sound of John Carpenter being buried alive” - Le Cool Magazine), a featured composer in the National Concert Hall, written music for theatre, and performed in 17 countries.

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Kevin Barry Room, The National Concert Hall
Thursday 28th May at 8.30pm
Tickets: €15 a/v from www.nch.ie