Fotograf: HEIKO PURNHAGEN
Lisa Ullén är en kompositör och pianist med en stark musikalisk vision. Gång på gång har Ullén visat upp en unik förmåga att sätta sitt eget avtryck på de olika projekt hon medverkat i. Henns egna soloalbum ”Catachresis” har en överraskande känsla av popmusik. Nerbrutna upprepande strukturer men som samtidigt kvarhåller en direkt enkelhet.
Sedan sent 90-tal har hon hängivit sig helt till improviserad musik i form av frijazz, avant garde och samtida klassisk och experimentell musik. Utöver internationella jobb, soloframträdanden och de egna konstellationerna så har Lisa också samarbetat med en lång rad kända svenska artister och dansare. Lisa är född i Seoul, Korea, uppvuxen i norra Sverige och bosatt i Stockholm.
In English: A native of Seoul, Korea, Lisa Ullén grew up in the northern part of Sweden, and is based in Stockholm.
She is a graduate of the Royal Musical Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, where she studied classical piano in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Since the late 1990s, she has devoted herself entirely to improvised music, in the form of free jazz as well as avant garde and contemporary classical and experimental music.
A versatile player with a singular musical vision, Ullén has repeatedly proven her ability to imprint her absolute sense for tonal texture on whatever musical context she appears in. Her own solo album, Catachresis, display a surprising sensibility for pop music, radically deconstructing its repetitive structures yet retaining a great deal of its immediate aural simplicity.
Over the last decade, she has been an important figure on the impro-music scene in Sweden not only as a composer and a musician, but also as a curator. She has been a member of the booking committee of intermedia venue Fylkingen, and has arranged several impro-music festivals in Stockholm. In 2012, she was curator of the Perspectives International Festival for creative Music in Västerås, Sweden.
Besides working internationally as a soloist and leader of her own groups, Ullén has collaborated extensively with many well-known Swedish artists and dancers, and has also scored several dramatic productions. She’s also performed and recorded music by contemporary composers .
“Extraordinary is all I can say as I dive in to her unique approach. /…/Amazing piano, some of it
prepared, which should appeals to fans of John Cage as well as of Cecil Taylor”.
Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
Several tours and concerts in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Island, Germany, France, USA, Polen,Litauen, England, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, Japan, Slovenia,
Bandmedlemmar och instrument: Lisa Ullén , piano