Release date: 16 January 2019
This record documents music made by two women — one American and one Korean — who have both made a profound impact within experimental music. Ellen Fullman’s Long String Instrument has been a long-term life-work of incredible ambition and dedication. The results are immediate, exciting and inspirational. Okkyung Lee has completed rewritten the possibilities for the cello in solo and group improvisation whilst maintaining a steadfast defiance to the many attempts to contain her work within pre-defined genres.
‘The Air Around Her’ was recorded on 20 February 2016 during the First Edition Festival for Other Music in Stockholm, Sweden at Kronobageriet — the former bakery to Swedish Royalty that dates back to the 17th Century and is now the site of the city’s Performing Arts Museum. The Edition Festival was given access to the space while renovations took place and Fullman allowed the requisite time to install and tune her long string instrument along the full 26 metre length of the room.
Music by Ellen Fullman and Okkyung Lee. Recorded during the First Edition Festival for Other Music, Stockholm on 20th February 2016.
Concert producer: John Chantler. Recording Engineer: Maria W Horn. Mixed by Ellen Fullman and Thomas Dimuzio. Mastered by Andreas [LUPO] Lubich at Calyx, Berlin. Artwork by Bill Nace.
Made possible in part by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists (2015). The title, “The Air Around Her” is a quote from “Vermeer Interiors” a poem by Margaret Rabb, from her book, “Granite Dives”. This release has been supported by the Swedish Arts Council.
© 2018 Ellen Fullman (BMI) / Okkyung Lee (ASCAP)
Released by 1703 Skivbolaget in cooperation with Ideell Edition.
Catalogue # 1703—3