Discovering Cellist Okorie Johnson…
Okorie Johnson is an Atlanta-based cellist and composer. The musician has performed and/or recorded with many popular artists. These include India Arie, De La soul, Anthony David, Doria Roberts, Callaghan, Paul Mercer and Leah Morgan amongst others. 2015 saw the debut of Okorie’s first solo cello concert-series, Epi.phony. The oeuvre is a multi-city, 12-show development of the relationship between solo cello, live-sound-looping, and improvisation.
The artist’s music is narrative and emotive. His set attempts to gather songs together that, like short stories. These songs complement each other in spite of their individual and singular expression. We’ll talk about Okorie, his music, and a new album, “Liminal!”
Okorie uses high-quality amplification, looping technology, and sound processing. With those, he creates songs that emerge from the collision of Jazz and classical music. His songs also travel beyond those genres to include EDM, reggae, funk, and more.
OkCello is the performance and production name of Atlanta Cellist, Okorie Johnson. His productions include the solo cello concert series, Epi.phony; the ensemble concert series entitled OkCello & Friends; the concert series entitled Wood & Wind, a partnership with Grammy award-winning saxophonist Kebbi Williams; the NuEnsemble a group and partnership production between Okorie Johnson, Cleveland Jones, and John Huston; SoundMind a cello, yoga, and meditation event series produced in partnership with yogi, Charisse Williams; and Atlanta Symphony’s Casual Fridays After Party a quarterly, OkCello-curated concert series. – OKCello/About
Where can you find Okorie Johnson? You can find Okorie Johnson on Facebook, Spotify, Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes and his website at OKCello.com
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