Gee Hye Lee
Gee Hye Lee Trio - What Matters Most
Gee Hye Lee - piano
Joel Locher - double bass
Mareike Wiening – drums
"Jazz means freedom to me and it makes me happy," says Seoul-born pianist Gee Hye Lee. The trio around the South Korean Gee Hye Lee has attracted attention in recent years, and not only through the award of the Baden-Württemberg State Jazz Prize in 2012. At the time, the jury emphasised her own tonal language, which is "technically brilliant and characterised by the highest musical expression".
Her first own trio CD "Midnight Walk" was released by Universal Music Korea in August 2009 and the second trio album, "Lights" (HGBS) has been available since July 2012. Gee Hye Lee has worked with many different jazz musicians in various projects. In October 2021, her third trio album "What Matters Most" was released with bassist Joel Locher and drummer and composer extraordinaire Mareike Wiening. She and Joel have been friends for 20 years and have already been involved in numerous musical projects. Mareike Wiening is the youngest member. She lived in New York for six years and has been commuting between America and Cologne since 2019.
With her CD "What Matters Most", Gee Hye Lee wants to musically document these special times and the extraordinary situation of an artist who has no opportunity to play live in front of an audience for long periods of time and who is prevented from travelling to her home country and to her family. It is precisely the limitations of the pandemic that make one aware of what is essential in life and what really matters. The trio plays melodic jazz that is at once profound, light and soaring. The pieces were created in the lockdown and transform the dark into hopeful light.