Okkyung Lee, Susan Alcorn, Liz Kosack, Laura Ortman

Okkyung Lee

Susan Alcorn

Liz Kosack

Laura Ortman

Wed, March 6, 2019

8:00 pm

Union Pool

Brooklyn, NY

$12

This event is 21 and over

Okkyung Lee
Okkyung Lee
Okkyung Lee is a cellist, composer, and improviser who moves freely between of artistic disciples and contingencies. Since moving to New York in 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 a determined sense of exploration guide the work she has made in disparate contexts.


Over the last two decades Lee has collaborated with Arca, David Behrman, John Butcher, Chris Corsano, Mark Fell, Ellen Fullman, Douglas Gordon, Jenny Hval, Vijay Iyer, Christian Marclay, Lasse Marhaug, Bill Orcutt, Marina Rosenfeld, Swans, and John Zorn among others. She has released more than 20 albums as leader or co-leader and currently leads an intricately nuanced Yeo-Neun Quartet featuring harpist Maeve Gilchrist, pianist Jacob Sacks, and bassist Eivind Opsvik that explores the lyrical side of her writing.
Susan Alcorn
Susan Alcorn
One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country music. Having first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands, she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of 20th century classical music, visionary jazz, and world musics.
Though known as for her solo work, she has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Chris Cutler, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock and Leila Bourdreuil, Evan Parker, Michael Formanek, Zane Campbell, and Mary Halvorson among others.
In 2016, she was voted "Best Other Instrument" by the International Critics Poll. In 2017 she received the Baker Artist Award, and in 2018, along with saxophonist Joe McPhee, she was the recipient of the Instant Award in Improvised Music.
“As an improvisor and composer, Alcorn has proven to be visionary. Her pieces reveal the complexity of her instrument and her musical experience while never straying from a very direct, intense, and personal musical expression.” - UK Guardian
Liz Kosack
Liz Kosack
Liz Kosack is a Synthesiste and face-shifting interplanetary messenger. Often garbled by a faulty and over-enthusiastic encryption engine, the messages she relays are nonetheless felt to be true somewhere in the backhalls of the brainstem. Originally from coastal Maine, she schemed in a corner of Red Hook for some years before Sandy flushed her out to Berlin. She is active internationally in a multitude of multi-media projects as both musician and visual artist: co-leading creative bands such as Brooklyn-based VAX, The Hero of Warchester, and Berlin groups like The Liz, RRR, Meow!, among many others, and is a core member of the KIM collective. As a synthesizer player, she works to develop her instrument to the limits of its expressive potential. As a mask maker, her work seeks both to create and overcome issues of identity. Her website is Zardkom.com.
Laura Ortman
Laura Ortman
Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) plays violin, Apache violin, piano, electric guitar and megaphone. She was a member of New York's genre-bending bands Stars Like Fleas and The Dust Dive. Her solo album Someday We'll Be Together was named RPM: Indigenous Music Culture's "10 Most Influential Indigenous Album's of 2011" and her video for I Lost My Shadow (dir. by Nanobah Becker) won "Best Music Video" at imagineNative 2011. She received the Common Ground Award for founding the Coast Orchestra, the all-Native American orchestra which premiered to sold-out audiences in Washington, D.C. and in New York City. Alongside her solo career, she is continually collaborating with other artists, filmmakers and musicians (including Tony Conrad, Martha Colburn, Jock Soto, Nanobah Becker and Raven Chacon.)
Venue Information:
Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.union-pool.com/