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IOOi is an experimental quartet
that utilize electronics, percussion and cello. New York City’s
finest musical improvisers Ikue
Mori, DJ Olive, Okkyung
Lee and illy
B (Billy Martin) began their experimental foray at John
Zorn’s The Stone in 2005. This performance was recorded
and will be available (via digital download only) this fall 2007.
IOOi has an upcoming rare performance at Merkin Concert Hall, NYC
April 28th 2008 at 8pm.
Ikue Mori formed
the seminal NO WAVE band DNA in the late 70’s
with Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright.
She has won won the Distinctive Award for Prix Ars Electronics
Digital Music category in 99. Recieved the grant from Foundation
for Contemporary Arts in 2006. Tate Modern commissioned the live
sound track for Maya Deren's silent films and
premiered in 2007. Current working groups include MEPHISTA with Sylvie
Courvoisier and Susie Ibarra, projects
with Kim Gordon, duo project PHANTOM ORCHARD
with Zeena Parkins, various projects with John
Zorn and Fred Frith.
DJ Olive (aka The Audio Janitor)
is a disc jockey and turntabalist active in free improvisation,
jazz and illbient music. He is often credited with coining the
latter term. A significant member of We and Liminal Olive has also
collaborated with Derek Bailey, Kim Gordon, Zeena Parkins,
Christian Marklay, Uri Caine and many others. Exhibitions
include: Treble, Brooklyn Sculpture Center, City Sonics, Mons,
Venice Biennale and Whitney Biennials. He has several solo CD releases
including Bodega and Bouy available at www.theagriculture.com.
Since moving to New York the native Korean cellist Okkyung
Lee has performed with Laurie Anderson, Nels Cline,
Shelley Hirsch, Min Xiao Fen, Vijay Iyer, Marc Ribot and
others. She is featured on several recordings including her solo
debut Nihm (Tzadik), My Cat is an Alien with Christian
Marklay, a collaboration with artist Colin Stinson for
his art book Dust to Dust, and a solo cello album I
Saw the Ghost of an Unknown Soul on Thurston Moore’s
Ecstatic Peace imprint.
illy B (Billy Martin) is well known as jazz
drummer for the avant-funk trio Medeski Martin and Wood. He
has performed with John Lurie and The Lounge
Lizards, Marvin Pontiac, Iggy Pop, Paul Auster, Dave
Burrell, Chris Whitley, Maceo Parker, Bob Moses, Grant Calvin
Weston. Soundtracks include Get Shorty, The
Backyardigans, Fishing With John, The Sopranos, etc… Martin
formed his own record label Amulet in
1995 and has produced over 25 records since. Last year, his Starlings chamber
orchestral music was released on John Zorn’s Tzadik imprint.
Martin is also a visual artist and includes his newly invented
graphic notation in his drum book Riddim:
Claves of African Origin (Music in Motion Films).