Okorie Johnson plays the Carlos Museum Feb. 4
The cellist and composer turns kids stories into songs
Okorie Johnson, an Atlanta-based cellist and composer who performs under the moniker OkCello, brings his amalgam of instrumental improvisation with live electronic effects, audience interaction, and storytelling to the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the Emory University campus for a special afternoon concert. Before the show, Johnson will lead a group of schoolchildren on a tour of the museum’s world-renowned collection of African art and artifacts. Based on the ensuing discussion with the children, Johnson will create a song to be performed during the concert. “I’m taking their ideas and telling a story in musical form,” Johnson explains.