Micro/Macro-Sound Shift, flip, flop & floppy/flip
With Okkyung Lee, Thomas Lehn, Marcus Schmickler
In collaboration with Accademia Tedesca Roma Villa Massimo, Forum Austriaco di Cultura Roma, Istituto Culturale Coreano

20 April 2023, from 7.00 pm

Marcus Schmickler, contemporary and electronic music composer and winner of Rome Prize Villa Massimo 2022/23, Okkyung Lee, cellist, composer and improviser and Thomas Lehn, composer and performer, will perform at MACRO with MAPPING THE MACRO. Micro/Macro-Sound Shift, flip, flop & floppy/flip. The three musicians will respond to the acoustic properties of the exhibition space with a sound intervention dislocated in different areas of the museum.

The event is dedicated to the memory of Peter Rehberg, founder of the electronic music label Editions MEGO, with whom the three artists shared a long collaboration and to whom MACRO dedicated the exhibition (Editions) MEGO 1995-2020 in 2021, opening the Chamber Music section.



Free entrance until capacity is reached, exclusively from Via Reggio Emilia 54



OKKYUNG LEE (1975, Daejeon, South Korea) is a cellist, composer, and improviser who moves freely between artistic disciples and contingencies. Since 2000 she has worked in disparate contexts as a solo artist and collaborator with creators in a wide range of disciplines. A native of South Korea, Lee has taken a broad array of inspirations—including noise, improvisation, jazz, western classical, and her homeland’s traditional and popular music—and used them to forge a highly distinctive approach. Even though Okkyung is probably known best for her improvisational work utilizing visceral extended techniques for the last two decades, she started developing site-specific works, responding to its architecture, audience, or objects surrounding her, producing an immersive experience that also challenges the built-in hierarchy in traditional concert settings.  

Since the early 1980s THOMAS LEHN (1958, Fröndenberg, Germany) has been working as a creator and performer of contemporary music. Developed parallel to his work as a pianist, since the early 1990s his major and widely reknown work has been performing and producing live-electronic music. Rooted in the experience of a wide spectrum of musical fields based on his background as an interpreting and improvising pianist in classical-, contemporary and jazz-music he has been developing an individual ‘language’ of electronic music. The electronic equipment he uses consists of analogue synthesizers of the late 1960s, and since 1994 in particular the EMS Synthi A. Besides the substantial sound qualities of its analogue synthesis, the facilities of this modular instrument allows him to spontaneously act in close contact with the various structural degrees of the musical process. 

MARCUS SCHMICKLER (1968) is a composer of contemporary and electronic music and currently lives at Villa Massimo as a Rome Prize winner of the German Academy 2022/23. He works at the intersection of computer music and ensemble composition, performance and science. Performed on internationally prominent stages, his multi-channel works open up previously unheard spaces. From Shepard tones to ring modulations – Schmickler develops their specific potential compositionally, he deepens the sonic exploration of the sonification of data as well as of otoacoustic emissions. Schmickler writes texts on current computer music, publishes among others in MusikTexte, his works appeared on about 50 publications. Since 2010 he has taught at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, at the Calarts in Valencia, and at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf.