Cellist, composer and improviser Okkyung Lee presents a solo performance dedicated to the music of twentieth century Korean composer Isang Yun. Her improvisations depart from motifs and gestures from Yun’s compositions as well as the works in Haegue Yang’s show, within which it is presented.
Korean-born composer Isang Yun’s (1917–1995) life and work are an important ongoing influence for Haegue Yang. Isang Yun is celebrated for his compositions which combine East Asian musical traditions and European avant-garde techniques. Yun gained international acclaim working in West Germany, before his abduction and imprisonment alongside hundreds of Korean intellectuals and musicians in the notorious 1967 East Berlin Incident. Yun’s contentious life symbolises the ongoing ideological divisions of the peninsula, while his work translates impressions from his turbulent transnational biography into a distinctive musical language.