Doris Duke Artist Award, 2015
New York, NY
Okkyung Lee, a New York-based artist and South Korea native, has created a body of work demonstrating irreverence for genre boundaries and a penchant for collaboration. Her music draws from noise and extended techniques, jazz, Western classical, and Korean traditional and popular music. For example, she used crude equipment and unorthodox microphone equipment to record her solo album Ghil (Ideologic Organ, 2013) in order to produce a more raw sound. She has performed and recorded with similarly fearless improviser-composers, such as Doris Duke Artist Award recipients Zeena Parkins, Craig Taborn, and Vijay Iyer; and Butch Morris, Evan Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, and John Zorn. She curated the 2013 “Music Unlimited 27” Festival in Austria and was heard most recently on Live at Stone (Open Mouth Records, 2015). In 2015, she will be a Civitella Ranieri Fellow in Umbria, Italy and play at the Météo Festival in Mulhouse, France.