Sunday, June 17, 2018

Okkyung Lee - Cheol-Kkot-Sae (Steel. Flower. Bird) [Tzadik]

Put on the circuit via Tzadik in its Spectrum Series in mid-May, 2k18 is "Cheol-Kkot-Sae (Steel. Flower. Bird.)", a new longplay piece created by Korean cellist and composer Okkyung Lee renowned for her radical approach towards fusing Classical Music of both Western and Korean origin with experimental electronic music. Aiming to explore more of her traditional roots on this outing whilst still heavily gravitating towards wideranged musical experimentalism we see her, alongside a line-up of musicians including Song-Hee Kwon, Jae-Hyo Chang, John Butcher, John Edwards, Ches Smith and Lasse Marhaug, deliver a one track album spread over the course of approx. 45 minutes which is hard to grasp in its entirety yet defo recommended to those following genres like Contemporary and Modern Classical, Modern Experimental Opera as well as Free Jazz or Improv / Free Improv and even Noize for a reason which all play a role here to a certain extent, accompanying the mostly non-vocal Pansori singing performed by Song-Hee Kwon. A lot, yet a fascinating lot to wrap your head around.

Album artwork on Instagram!


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