Okkyung Lee signs to Fire

Offering a home to unique and challenging artists, from the recent signings of Lucy Gooch, Marina Allen and Faten Kanaan, the upcoming new albums from Jane Weaver, Virginia Wing, Rats on Rafts to the recent releases of Throwing Muses and Josephine Foster and our continued partnership with indefinable artists like Vanishing Twin; Fire Records now welcomes Okkyung Lee to the label.

Okkyung Lee is a cellist, composer, and improviser who moves freely between artistic disciples and contingencies. Since 2000 she has worked in disparate contexts as a solo artist and collaborator with creators in a wide range of disciplines. A native of South Korea, Lee has taken a broad array of inspirations—including noise, improvisation, jazz, western classical, and the traditional and popular music of her homeland—and used them to forge a highly distinctive approach.

Her curiosity and determined sense of exploration guide the work none more so than on last years Yeo-Neun album which was “as surprising as it is elegant” (Pitchfork).

“Okkyung Lee is one of the contemporary experimental music landscape’s true treasures… There are so many worlds inside this incredible album.”
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A key figure in New York’s avant-garde for 20 years, cellist Okkyung Lee is seemingly on a quest to discover every sound that her instrument is capable of making. Yeo-Neun is remarkable not only for its sophistication and restrained intricacy, but also as a statement of personal and creative growth