Improviser, guitarist and constructor Han-earl Park (박한얼) works from/within/around traditions of fuzzily idiomatic, on occasion experimental, mostly open improvised musics, sometimes engineering theater, sometimes inventing ritual. He feels the gravitational pull of collaborative, multi-authored contexts, and has worked with animators, film makers, poets, theater and mime performers, dancers and installation artists. He has performed in clubs, theaters, art galleries, concert halls, and (ad-hoc) alternative spaces in Austria, Denmark, Germany, England, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland and the USA.
As a constructor of low- and mid-tech electronic and software devices, and as an occasional score-maker, he is interested in partial, and partially frustrating, context-specific artifacts; artifacts that amplify social relationships and, in some instances, objects that obscure the location of the author.
He is involved in ongoing collaborations with Bruce Coates, and with Franziska Schroeder, fifteen year long associations with Alex Fiennes and Murray Campbell, and is part of Mathilde 253 with Charles Hayward and Ian Smith. Recent performances include Mathilde 253 with Lol Coxhill; duo concerts with Paul Dunmall, and with Richard Barrett; trios with Matana Roberts and Mark Sanders, with Kato Hideki and Katie O’Looney, and with Thomas Buckner and Jesse Ronneau; as part of the Evan Parker led 20-piece improvising ensemble; and the performance of Pauline Oliveros’ ‘Droniphonia’ alongside the composer. Park has also performed with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, George E. Lewis, J. D. Parran, Chick Lyall, Jan Langedijk, Alexander Hawkins, Mark Trayle, Mike Hurley, Pedro Rebelo, Corey Mwamba, Stu Ritchie, Koen Nutters, Hannes Raffaseder and Elspeth Murray. He is the constructor of io 0.0.1 beta++, a machine improviser, and cofounder of the Church of Sonology. In addition to Leo Smith, Barrett, Lyall and Trayle, he has studied with the improviser-composers 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 Music Network, and a recipient the Ahmanson Foundation Scholarship and the Calarts Scholarship. He has appeared at festival 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 Slam Productions, DUNS Limited Edition, Owlhouse Recordings, frimp.co.uk, farpoint recordings 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), RTÉ Morning Ireland and You Are Hear (at youarehear.co.uk) which was selected as Critics’ Choice by The Independent (UK).