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Chicago, Illinois 60610
Lampo and the Graham Foundation are pleased to present David Behrman and Okkyung Lee in this performance of solo work and collaborations. Okkyung performs an extended cello improvisation, and David offers his View Finder (guitar and electronics) and Freeze Dip (violin and electronics). Together they present, Open Space with Cello / Open Space with Guitar, pieces related to Behrman’s Open Space with Brass, which was commissioned for the final performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Armory in New York in December 2011. Their performance mixes and alternates one or several acoustic instruments with computer-enhanced and computer-generated sounds in an unfolding sequence of situations—some very free, some lightly-notated.
David Behrman (b. 1937, Salzburg, Austria) has been active as a composer and artist since the 1960s and has created performance works as well as sound installations. In 1966 he founded the Sonic Arts Union with Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier and Gordon Mumma. Working at Columbia Records in the late 1960s, he produced the Music of Our Time series of new music recordings, which presented works by Cage, Oliveros, Lucier, Reich, Riley, Pousseur and other influential composers. He has had a long association with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as composer and performer and has created music for several of the Company's repertory pieces. He received a D.A.A.D. fellowship in 1988-89 and an Individuals Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts in 1994. Behrman currently lives in New York.
Okkyung Lee (b. 1975, Daejeon,, South Korea) is a composer and cellist whose music fuses her classical training with improvisation, jazz, traditional Korean music, and noise. Lee was born and raised in Daejeon, South Korea, and attended arts schools in Seoul. In 1993 she moved to Boston, where she studied at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. Since relocating to New York City in 2000, Lee has been very active in the downtown music scene, performing and recording with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Derek Bailey, Nels Cline, Shelley Hirsch, Eyvind Kang, Christian Marclay, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Jim O'Rourke, Zeena Parkins, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, C. Spencer Yeh, and John Zorn.
This performance is presented in partnership with Lampo. Founded in 1997, Lampo is a non-profit organization for experimental music, sound art and intermedia projects.
Please Note: Lee and Behrman will offer a free public workshop on October 26, and lead a discussion following the October 27 performance. The public is invited to bring acoustic instruments to the workshop. Funded in part through New Music USA's MetLife Creative Connections program.
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