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Eris 136199: tour and recording (Kickstarter)

Eris 136199: Kickstarter 2017

The two week Kickstarter campaign starts today! Eris 136199 is reuniting for a European tour complete with a second album. All we need is YOU. Interaction with, and within, Eris is an always awesome experience; unique in bringing so many strands of the musically possible together. I’m very excited to be playing again with two of my favorite musicians, avant-rock legend Nick Didkovsky and the powerfully creative improviser Catherine Sikora, and finally bringing this trio to European audiences.

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Eris 136199: Kickstarter launching soon!

Eris 136199: Kickstarter 2017 preview

Get ready to support our European tour! Eris 136199 is taking improvised music on the road, and on record! To be notified when the Kickstarter campaign goes live, sign up to my newsletter: [About the newsletter…] by Han-earl Park, Nick Didkovsky and Catherine Sikora Anomic Aphasia (SLAMCD 559) [details…] Performers: Han-earl Park (guitar), Catherine Sikora […]

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performance diary 09-10-17 (Cheltenham, Copenhagen, Derby, Hamburg, Munich, Newcastle)

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

Nov-01-2017: Hamburg, Germany
Nov-02-2017: Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov-03-2017: Cheltenham, England
Nov-04-2017: Derby, England
Nov-05-2017: Newcastle, England
Nov-30-2017: Munich, Germany

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This album is brilliant. This album is insane. (reviews: Sirene 1009)

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

“Messy”? “scattered”? “manic”? Music that is “aggressive and acerbic and gets in your face and won’t back down”? “Evocative and original” music in which “various elements of rock, free jazz, creative jazz are combined in one composition”? Dave Sumner of Bird is the Worm concludes: “This album is brilliant. This album is insane.”

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Han-earl Park at dotolim, Seoul

Han-earl Park (photo © 2013 Emilio Vavarella)

Monday, June 26, 2017: Han-earl Park, plus Ilan Volkov and Choi Joonyong, and Mario De Vega and Hong Chulki, perform at dotolim, Seoul. Big thanks to Jin Sangtae, mastermind behind dotolim, for setting up this event! What’s special about this gig? It’s been a while since I last performed solo, plus this is, believe it or not, my first performance in Korea. Hope you can make it!

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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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reminder: Sirene 1009 at FUAIM, Cork

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)

This Friday (April 7, 2017), at 1:10pm: Sirene 1009 (Han-earl Park: guitar; Dominic Lash: double bass; Mark Sanders: drums; and Caroline Pugh: voice and electronics) kicks-off the Arts Council of Ireland funded series with a performance at Aula Maxima (University College Cork, College Road, Cork, Ireland).

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Thanks: Sirene 1009 (Belfast, London, Monmouth) and Park-Pugh (Derry)

Han-earl Park and Caroline Pugh (Derry, 03-08-17)

Four performances in March. A privilege to have shared the stage with smart, creative performers, and to have been been performing to some wonderful community of listeners. So, quick thanks to everyone on/off stage at Monmouth, London, Belfast and Derry.

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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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