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performance diary 06-13-17 (Seoul, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Cheltenham, Derby, Newcastle)

Han-earl Park (photo © 2013 Emilio Vavarella)

Jun-26-2017: Seoul, Korea
Nov-2017: Hamburg, Germany
Nov-2017: Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov-2017: Cheltenham, England
Nov-2017: Derby, England
Nov-2017: Newcastle, England

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Eris 136199: five years ago today

Nick Didkovsky, Catherine Sikora and Han-earl Park

Five years ago, three musicians, never having previously played together as a trio, performed at ABC No Rio. Subsequently, the ensemble gained a name, played many a gig, and released an album. Fast-forward to the present: we’re in the middle of organizing our European tour (more soon!).

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Thanks: Sirene 1009 (Cork, 2017)

Sirene 1009: Caroline Pugh, Han-earl Park, Dominic Lash and Mark Sanders (Cork, 04-07-17). Copyright 2017 John Hough.

Here’s what the group sounds/looks like from where I sit on stage: Dom Lash’s confident and enthusiastic interjections in sound and line; Mark Sander’s unerring inventiveness—leaping any and all obstacles to musicality with gestures small and large; and Caroline Pugh’s pulling in-and-out of musical and linguistic spaces with her spontaneous conlangs.

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Sirene 1009 at Cork School of Music

Sirene 1009: Han-earl Park, Dominic Lash, Mark Sanders and Caroline Pugh (copyright 2010 Seán Kelly, 2016 Bruce Coates, Andrew Putler, 2016 Jordan Hutchings, and 2016 Han-earl Park)

Kinetic, energetic; an exceptional community of improvisers will be performing on 19 May 2017 when Sirene 1009 returns to Cork for a concert at CIT Cork School of Music, Cork, Ireland. The final concert in the Art Council funded series features guitarist Han-earl Park, double bassist Dominic Lash, drummers Mark Sanders and Dan Walsh, vocalist Caroline Pugh, and saxophonist Catherine Sikora.

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Sirene 1009 (Cork, 2017)

Poster © 2017 Han-earl Park. Component images/photos © 2016 Jordan Hutchings, © Andrew Putler, © 2016 Bruce Coates, © 2010 Seán Kelly, and © 2014 Han-earl Park.

Sirene 1009, “a fierce, adventurous band that goes… into the unknown, fearlessly in search of the new” (David Menestres, Free Jazz), makes their Cork debut as part of the Arts Council of Ireland funded series, starting with a free concert at 1:10pm on Friday, 7 April 2017 at the Aula Maxima, UCC, continuing at 8:00pm on 19 May, Stack Theatre, CIT Cork School of Music. Sirene 1009 is the cyborg virtuosity of Han-earl Park, the indomitable low-end growl of Dominic Lash, the unstoppable hits and clangs of Mark Sanders, and the controlled vocal mayhem of Caroline Pugh.

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performance diary 02-14-17 (Belfast, Cork, Derry, London, Monmouth)

Mar-01-2017: Monmouth, Wales
Mar-02-2017: London, England
Mar-07-2017: Belfast, N. Ireland
Mar-08-2017: Derry, N. Ireland
Apr-07-2017: Cork, Ireland
May-19-2017: Cork, Ireland

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performance diary 01-24-17 (Belfast, Cork, Derry, London, Monmouth)

Feb-03-2017: Cork, Ireland
Mar-01-2017: Monmouth, Wales
Mar-02-2017: London, England
Mar-07-2017: Belfast, N. Ireland
Mar-08-2017: Derry, N. Ireland
Apr-07-2017: Cork, Ireland
May-19-2017: Cork, Ireland

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improvisation, animation, sociality, tradition and politics (a Jazz Noise: 7 Questions)

Eris 136199: Han-earl Park, Catherine Sikora and Nick Didkovsky (Douglass Street Music Collective, Brooklyn, June 5, 2013). Photo copyright 2013 Scott Friedlander.

Over at a Jazz Noise, you can read my answers to Dave Foxall’s 7 Questions such as my take on collaboration or what I seek in collaborators; what and who I’ve been listening to; what I’ve got planned; my take on the late-capitalist bootleg economy; and about my non-musical influences. Plus you can hear an exclusive track from Sirene 1009!

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performance diary 01-08-17 (Belfast, Cork, Monmouth)

Sirene 1009: Han-earl Park, Dominic Lash, Mark Sanders and Caroline Pugh

Mar-01-2017: Monmouth, Wales
Mar-07-2017: Belfast, N. Ireland
Apr-07-2017: Cork, Ireland

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Sirene 1009 (BAF000)

‘Sirene 1009’ (BAF000) with Han-earl Park, Dominic Lash, Mark Sanders and Caroline Pugh (artwork copyright 2017, Han-earl Park)

Muffled junkyard hammering (clangs! thud! snaps!) beat unlikely counter-rhythms; a suspension bridge rumbles in the turbulence with subwoofer scratches; bad traffic and extreme weather conspire elemental percussion; a broken public address system splutters and loops, evoking the intelligible.

Eponymous first album by Sirene 1009. Sirene 1009 is the cyborg virtuosity of Han-earl Park, the indomitable low-end growl of Dominic Lash, the unstoppable hits and clangs of Mark Sanders, and the controlled vocal mayhem of Caroline Pugh.

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The (Near) Complete Han-earl Park

The (Near) Complete Han-earl Park (covers art and design copyright 2013 Clockwork Mercury Press; copyright 2012 Creative Sources Recordings; and copyright 2010, 2011 and 2015 Han-earl Park)

Get Han-earl Park’s (near) complete discography! (And help fund Sirene 1009’s debut album.) Limited in number, my (near) discography is for sale at a special price. The set comprises of four glass-mastered CDs, and one limited edition CD-R. Plus, for the first two lucky listeners, another limited edition CD-R. Available for €30 plus shipping, you can consider it €6 per CD plus a bonus CD-R or two.

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a cyclic frenzy of fragmented sounds without an ounce of entropy (a Jazz Noise review: Anomic Aphasia)

CD cover of ‘Anomic Aphasia’ (SLAMCD 559) with Han-earl Park, Catherine Sikora, Nick Didkovsky and Josh Sinton (artwork copyright 2015, Han-earl Park)

“Impressive in scale”? “overwhelming in execution”? “listening to two separate pieces at the same time in serendipitous juxtaposition”? “genius charlatan”? listening that “can produce altered states”? Dave Foxall of a Jazz Noise reviews ‘Anomic Aphasia’ (SLAMCD 559) by Han-earl Park, Catherine Sikora, Nick Didkovsky and Josh Sinton: Monopod is a sprawling, non-idiomatic (and non-repetitive) improvisation […]

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