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A rare return appearance to Cafe OTO for Christian Marclay, performing in a duo alongside Okkyung Lee. These days best known for his visual work since winning The Golden Lion at the 2011 Venice Biennale for his work The Clock, Marclay is an extraordinarily versatile improviser, having collaborated with the likes of Evan Parker, John Zorn, Otomo Yoshihide and many many more. Cellist Okkyung Lee is one of the most dynamic forces in improvised music today, a fearless and compelling musician whose playing incorporates a love of noise, extraordinary technique and elements from the outer fringes of contemporary composition. Tonight, Marclay and Lee perform two duo sets.
Cellist Okkyung Lee is one of the most dynamic forces in improvised music today, a fearless and compelling musician whose playing incorporates a love of noise, extraordinary technique and elements from the outer fringes of contemporary composition. Originally from South Korea but now based in New York and Berlin, Lee has collaborated with many of the leading figures in creative music today, including Christian Marclay, Thurston Moore, Wadada Leo Smith, Ikue Mori, Evan Parker, C. Spencer Yeh, Carlos Giffoni and Maja Rajtke. Last year she released 'Ghil' an LP of coruscating solo improvisations recorded direct to dictaphone by Lasse Marhaug that was widely hailed as the 'noise record of the year' and she also curated the 2013 edition of the Music Unlimited festival in Wels.
Over the past 30 years, Christian Marclay has explored the fusion of fine art and audio cultures, transforming sounds and music into a visible, physical form through performance, collage, sculpture, installation, photography and video. His latest major work, The Clock, is a 24 hour video piece constructed from films where the time is expressed has been declared 'a masterpiece' (Frieze Magazine).
Raised in Switzerland, Marclay has spent most of his adult life in America, but now lives in mostly in London and New York. He began performing with turntables whilst still a student in the late 70s - According to critic Thom Jurek, Marclay was the 'unwitting inventor of turntablism' and has since been active in the field of free improvisation, performing with the world's best improvisors including Evan Parker, John Zorn, Otomo Yoshihide and many many more. Marclay's graphic scores, which take musical motifs from everyday objects, signs and advertising was recently celebrated with a three month festival at the Whitney in New York during July-September 2010.
"Christian Marclay can make music out of almost anything." -WNYC