Off The Page Oslo 2015:
Okkyung Lee & Lasse Marhaug
Cellist and improviser Okkuyng Lee and noise maestro Lasse Marhaug in conversation about the sonic impact of film.
Lee and Marhaug have played together and collaborated a number of times, including on Okkyung Lee's album Ghil (2013) where Marhaug recorded Lee's live improvisations around Oslo.
Cellist Okkyung Lee 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. She has been developing her own voice in a contemporary cello performance, improvisation and composition. With her solid classical training as a foundation, she incorporates jazz, sounds, korean traditional music, and noise with extended techniques to create her unique blend of music. Since moving to new york in 2000, she has performed and recorded with numerous artists such as Laurie Anderson, Carla Bozulich, John Butcher, Nels Cline and Chris Corsano. 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.
Composer and musician Lasse Marhaug has since the early 1990s been one of the most active artists in the Norwegian noise/experimental music scene. He is known from groups such as Jazkamer, DEL and Origami Replica, and is one of the veterans of the extreme electronic music scene in Norway. Marhaug has composed music for film, installations, video and so-called "expanded cinema". He experimented with video cut-ups and montages in the early 90s, and directed the travel documentation Video Journals in 2007. Marhaug has frequently worked with the Mexican director Amat Escalante, who won the prize for Best Director at the Cannes film festival for the movie Heli, where Marhaug composed the music. Marhaug has experience from Cinematheque Trondheim, written about film in underground fanzines and has worked as a translator for Norwegian DVD releases.
Marhaug works as music curator at Henie Onstad Art Center, produces the fanzine Personal Best and manages his own print publishing Marhaug Forlag and record companies Pica Disk and Prisma Records (together with Lars Mørch Finborud) - all three will come to Off The Page music fair.