OkCello Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas
Okorie “OkCello” Johnson is an American cellist-songwriter whose artistry integrates cello performance, live-sound-looping, improvisation, and storytelling – all culminating in original compositions that collide classical with jazz, EDM, reggae, and funk. InStyle magazine identified him as a member of the “Creative Class Making Atlanta the New Epicenter of American Arts” while Atlanta Magazine has tagged him as part of the “Atlanta Rising Creative Class [that] Is Gaining New Recognition on the National Scene.”
OkCello is inspired by the exploration of African Diasporic melodies and narratives and their intersection with people’s perceptions and assumptions about the classical and European nature of the cello. As well, his work with improvisation attempts to embody the phenomenon of wordless prayer.