performances: Dunmall-Park

On Friday, November 6th 2009, at 1:10 pm (doors open at 1:00 pm): UCC Concert Series presents an improvised music event with Paul Dunmall (bagpipes and saxophone) and Han-earl Park (guitar) at the Ó Riada Hall, UCC Music Building, Sundays Well, Cork, Ireland. Admission is free.

Paul Dunmall and Han-earl Park
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UCC Concert Series presents a free concert by celebrated saxophonist and piper Paul Dunmall on Friday, 6 November 2009 at 1:10 pm in the Ó Riada Hall, UCC Music Building, Sundays Well, Cork. Performing with guitarist Han-earl Park, the event will mark Dunmall’s first performance on the bagpipes in the Republic of Ireland.

Paul Dunmall is a heavy-hitter within the international jazz and improvised music scenes. Seen by many as the foremost virtuoso technician of the saxophone, he is also a piper, and a pioneer of the outer-reaches of that instrument. For three decades Dunmall has amazed audiences as an imaginative, iconoclast soloist and a sensitive and outstanding collaborator.

Immersed in Jazz and Folk traditions, Dunmall has performed with a myriad of musicians including Alice Coltrane, Johnny Guitar Watson, Andrew Cyrille, Henry Grimes, Evan Parker, Hamid Drake, Danny Thompson, Paul Rogers, Barry Guy and Keith Tippett. He has worked in ensembles such as the illustrious Globe Unity Orchestra, the London Jazz Composers Orchestra, the Birmingham Improvisers’ Orchestra and Elton Dean’s highly influential ensembles in addition to his own groups such as the Paul Dunmall Quartet and the Paul Dunmall Octet.

His recordings have been released by HatHut Records, Intakt, FMR, SLAM Productions, ECM and his own Duns Limited Edition.

Improviser-guitarist Han-earl Park has performed in Denmark, England, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland and the USA, and appeared at festivals including Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), the Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology Festival (California), dialogues festival (Edinburgh), Sonorities (Belfast) and VAIN Live Art (Oxford).

Park is involved in ongoing collaborations with Bruce Coates, and with Franziska Schroeder, fifteen year long associations with Alex Fiennes and Murray Campbell, and has performed with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, George E. Lewis, J. D. Parran, Pauline Oliveros, Kato Hideki, Mark Sanders, Chick Lyall, Jan Langedijk, Stu Ritchie, Koen Nutters, Pedro Rebelo, Elspeth Murray, Mark Trayle and Hannes Raffaseder. Park is founder and curator of Stet Lab, a monthly improvised music space in Cork, and teaches improvisation at the UCC School of Music.

The CD ‘Live at the Glucksman Gallery’ by Dunmall, Park, drummer Mark Sanders and guitarist Jamie Smith was recently released by Owlhouse Recordings.

The event will begin at 1:10 pm and admission is free.

further information

UCC Concert Series: www.music.ucc.ie

Paul Dunmall: www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/musician/mdunmall.html
Han-earl Park: www.busterandfriends.com

event summary

Date: Friday, 6th november 2009.
Time: 1:10 pm.
Venue: Ó Riada Hall, UCC Music Building, Sundays Well, Cork, Ireland.
Performers: Paul Dunmall (bagpipes and saxophone) and Han-earl Park (guitar).
Admission free.

the performers

For thirty years Paul Dunmall (www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/musician/mdunmall.html) has carved out a reputation for himself and is now widely recognised as one of the most uncompromising and talented reed players on the international improvised music scene. Whether playing in small groups or big bands his musical sensitivity and imagination combined with a powerful sound make him one of the most distinctive improvisers playing today.
His octet and Moksha big band showcases his abilities both as a composer drenched in the Jazz and Folk traditions and as a sympathetic leader able to give maximum freedom to an elite group of fellow improvisers.

  • Founder member of groups Spirit Level, Tenor Tonic, Mujician, Paul Dunmall Quartet and Paul Dunmall Octet.
  • Has played in Nigel Morris’ trio, the London Jazz Composers Orchestra, Danny Thompson’s Whatever, several of Elton Dean’s ensembles, Brian Irvine’s 14 piece band amongst others.
  • Launched own improvised music record label with Philip Gibbs in 2000 called Duns Limited Edition, which has 52 releases to date.

“One of the most accomplished reedists on the planet.” (Ken Waxman, Jazz Weekly)

“Paul Dunmall is a monster sax player.” (Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes)

“…A musician who can wail convincingly without abandoning his intellect.” (All Music Guide)

“…Eclectic, capable on several instruments and full of wonder for the improvised form.” (Andrey Henkin, All About Jazz)

“Whether in a trio with Mujician’s rhythm section or with the larger band of sympathetic fellow improvisers, Dunmall consistently produces powerful and passionate music.” (BBC Music Magazine)

“…Robust and heavy-hitting performer who has gone on to concentrate largely on free improvisation without sacrificing a rigorous melodic logic, a sparing lyricism and the technique to drop in on bebop occasionally.” (John Fordham, The Guardian)

Han-earl Park (www.busterandfriends.com) works from/within/around the traditions of idiom-agnostic, experimental improvised musics, sometimes engineering theater, sometimes inventing ritual. He feels the gravitational pull of collaborative, multi-authored contexts, and has worked with animators, filmmakers, poets, theater and mime performers, dancers and installation artists. As a musician (guitar, banjo, bass guitar, piano, electronics and software) he has performed in clubs, theaters, art galleries, concert halls, and (ad-hoc) alternative spaces in Denmark, England, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland and the USA.

He is involved in ongoing collaborations with Bruce Coates, and with Franziska Schroeder, fifteen year long associations with Alex Fiennes and Murray Campbell, and has performed with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, George E. Lewis, J. D. Parran, Paul Dunmall, Pauline Oliveros, Kato Hideki, Mark Sanders, Chick Lyall, Jan Langedijk, Stu Ritchie, Koen Nutters, Pedro Rebelo, Elspeth Murray, Mark Trayle and Hannes Raffaseder. He is also the constructor of io 0.0.1 beta, an interactive musical artifact, and cofounder of the Church of Sonology. He has studied with the improviser-composers Smith, Lyall, Trayle, Richard Barrett, Joel Ryan and David Rosenboom, composers Clarence Barlow and Marina Adamia, and the installation artist Sara Roberts.

Park is a recipient of grants from the Arts Council of Ireland, and a recipient of the Ahmanson Foundation Scholarship and the Calarts Scholarship. He has appeared at festivals including Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), the Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology Festival (California), dialogues festival (Edinburgh), Sonorities (Belfast) and VAIN Live Art (Oxford). In addition to numerous self-released CDs, his work has been released by Owlhouse Recordings, frimp.co.uk and Frog Peak Music. He has performed live on Resonance FM (London) and on Drift Radio (at mediascot.org), and his recordings have been featured on Kalvos and Damian’s New Music Bazaar (Vermont), and You Are Hear (at www.youarehear.co.uk) which was selected as Critics’ Choice by The Independent (UK).

Park is founder and curator of Stet Lab, a monthly improvised music space in Cork, Ireland, and teaches improvisation at the UCC Department of Music.

“Careful, crafty and well-played with that restrained yet fractured guitar that sounds so good.” (Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, NY)

“Innovative…” (The Computer Music Journal)

“Electro weirdo…” (BBC – Collective)

“Doesn’t sound like sewage!” (Kalvos and Damian’s New Music Bazaar)

updates:

10-19-09: change ‘UCC Department of Music’ to ‘UCC Music Building’ since it is now called the ‘UCC School of Music’ (not to be confused with the ‘CIT Cork School of Music’).

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