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The Intersection of Classical and Jazz



Photograph by Michael Reese

Okorie “OkCello” Johnson’s music integrates cello, live-sound-looping and improvisation on original compositions, which collide classical with jazz, EDM, reggae and funk. His songs are deeply emotive and narrative, complementing one another like short stories within a collection. Though dealing with grave matters, Resolve is an uplifting album which builds on the musical rebirth that began with OkCello’s debut album, 2015’s Liminal, which established him as a pioneer of electronic and experimental string music in the United States.

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Sample Tracks and Meanings

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Zoot Suit 

(1926. Harlem, NY.)

A man from Tennessee arrives in Harlem hoping to relocate. He walks into a shop, eyes the Zoot Suit—the epitome of cool—and in a conversation with the sales clerk, begins his transition from bumpkin to Daddy-O.

Broken TeaCup

(1998. Brixton, London.)

Days before Christmas, a Trinidadian mother and her British-born, university-aged daughter argue over a broken tea cup, which represents for the mother the family’s successful assimilation. For the daughter, however, it is a painful relic of colonialism. The argument, like the teacup, is complicated, jagged, and beautiful.

Springtime in Wakanda

(2018. Wakanda.)

For the first time ever I experienced the beauty of Spring, thanks to an early dosage of antihistamine. Ahhh, the smell of flowers in bloom! This must be what it feels like to live in Wakanda.



PBS’ Music Voyager, behind the scenes at NPR, on stage for Creative Mornings and more.


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“the Atlanta Art Scene”
in the Atlantan

“…Resolve, is full of the same eclectic string melodies, the album is as much a practice in storytelling as it is in sound.”


“Summer Indie Artist Spotlight: OkCello”
A Closer Look with Rose Scott, WABE 90.1, NPR


“OKCello Live; Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus; And More”
City Lights with Lois Reitzes, WABE 90.1, NPR


“ArtsATL’s top local albums of 2018”

Resolve is haunting, soothing, sad and utterly one of a kind.”

-Scott Freeman


“Battling the Block With OkCello”
The Creative Rising Podcast

“He started to play and it was like the heavens parted...I literally wept.”

-Blake Howard


“OKCello; Minka Wiltz; And More”
City Lights with Lois Reitzes, WABE 90.1, NPR



photo credit: Michael Reese. Right-click on Images for a High-Resolution Download..

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