Black Sun presents Okkyung Lee (Tuesday April 24th)


Black Sun are delighted to host Okkyung Lee for a special and very intimate performance on Tuesday April 24th in the Guesthouse, Shandon.

Okkyung is one of the most dynamic forces in improvised music today, a fearless and powerful performer whose playing incorporates a love of noise, extended technique and elements from the outer fringes of contemporary composition, together with a sensitive ear and a sense of suspense worthy of Bernard Hermann. A native of Korea, Okkyung Lee has been developing her own voice in a contemporary cello performance and improvisation. Using her classical training as a springboard, she incorporates jazz, sounds, Korean traditional music, and noise with extended techniques.

Since moving to New York in 2000, she has performed and recorded with numerous artists such as Derek Bailey, Jaap Blonk, Nels Cline, Anthony Coleman, Mark Dresser, Shelley Hirsch, Susie Ibarra, Vijay Iyer, Eyvind Kang, Alonzo King, Christian Marclay, Raz Mesinai, Min Xiao-Fen, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Jim O’Rourke, Zeena Parkins, Marc Ribot, Marina Rosenfeld, Elliott Sharp and John Zorn to name a few.
Okkyung holds dual bachelor’s degrees in film scoring/contemporary writing & production from Berklee College of Music, and master’s degree in contemporary improvisation from New England Conservatory of Music.

Also on the bill is an exciting duo comprising of Mick O' Shea (The Quiet Club/Strange Attractor) and Emil Nerstrand (Swedish saxophonist now based in Cork). O' Shea and Nerstrand recently worked together on an improvised soundscape for the Arts Council of Ireland backed experimental feature film HE (2012) by Rouzbeh Rashidi. This will be their first live performance together.

To complete the line-up, we are very proud to be able to show some work from Dean Kavanagh, an independent, avant-garde, low/no- budget filmmaker from Ireland. An active filmmaker from an early age, Dean began to favour more ‘visual stories’ and from 2006 onwards he began to reduce conventional narrative elements. In 2008 Dean was discovered by independent Iranian filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi. From then, Dean concentrated on experimental filmmaking. During the period 2008-2010 he made around 15 shorts as part of the Dublin based “Experimental Film Society” established by Rashidi.

Capacity will be limited for this event and so, we will have an RSVP system in place.

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Once news of this event has been circulated about the city (to ensure that everybody who may want to attend has a fair chance to do so) we will release a mail-out that people can RSVP to.

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