Rogue genetic messages spread chaotically with fleet-footed speed, creative mutations echo down improvised networks of touch and breath.
Born in lockdown, Gonggong 225088 came together in March 2020, constructing their noisy chaos as terms such as ‘Ar Nought’ entered the global vernacular, and ‘flatten the curve’ became mantra. The serenely noisy and unpredictably artful Gonggong 225088 is guitarist, improviser and constructor Han-earl Park and percussionist, composer and improviser Yorgos Dimitriadis.
Described by Brian Morton as “a musical philosopher… a delightful shape-shifter”, Han-earl Park is drawn to real-time cyborg configurations in which artifacts and bodies collide. He has performed with some of the finest practitioners of improvised music, leads ensembles including the transatlantic trio Eris 136199 (with Catherine Sikora and Nick Didkovsky), his UK/Ireland quartet Sirene 1009 (with Dominic Lash, Mark Sanders and rit.), and is part of Numbers with Richard Barrett.
Yorgos Dimitriadis is a percussionist, composer/improviser active in the fields of improvised music and contemporary jazz. In his original solo work he uses drums, cymbals and microphones to compose real time sonic landscapes, with an emphasis on timbre, sound color and long durations. Current projects include Kopfkino (solo for drums and microphones), duos with Achim Kaufmann, Ignaz Schick, Andrea Parkins, Axel Dörner, Michael Thieke, Ingo Reulecke, Dyet with Erato Tzavara, trios Glue (with Tom Arthurs and Miles Perkin), Grix (with Antonis Anissegos and Floros Floridis), Kern (with Edith Steyer and Matthias Müller), Fabric (with Frank Paul Schubert and Mike Majkowski), Trio (with Andrea Parkins and Philippe Lemoine), The Ohz (with Bryan Eubanks, Andrea Parkins, and Andrew Lafkas), TV BOON (with Floros Floridis and Jannis Anastasakis).
Metallic armadillos noisily shuffle across the canyon floor. Ceramic birds accompany them, pecking at the spiky, delicate plants singing, powered by the wind. Then an unexpected flood carves, gently, a new channel for the migrating animals…
Music by Han-earl Park and Yorgos Dimitriadis. © + ℗ 2021 Han-earl Park and Yorgos Dimitriadis. All rights reserved.
Improviser, guitarist and constructor Han-earl Park has been crossing borders and performing fuzzily idiomatic, on occasion experimental, always traditional, open improvised musics for twenty years. He has performed in clubs, theaters, art galleries, concert halls, and (ad-hoc) alternative spaces across Europe, Korea and the USA.
Park engages a cyborg virtuosity in which mind, body and artifact collide noisily. He is fascinated by the ways in which improvisation can complicate and amplify social relations, identities and agencies, and he is driven by the revolutionary potential of real-time interactive performance in which tradition and practice become playfully problematic.
He is the mastermind behind ensembles including Eris 136199 with Catherine Sikora and Nick Didkovsky; and Sirene 1009 with Dominic Lash, Mark Sanders and Caroline Pugh; and has a duo with Richard Barrett. Park is the constructor of the machine improviser io 0.0.1 beta++, and instigator of Metis 9, a playbook of improvisative tactics. He has performed with Wadada Leo Smith, Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Pauline Oliveros, Josh Sinton, Louise D. E. Jensen, Gino Robair, Tim Perkis, Ingrid Laubrock, Andrew Drury, Pat Thomas and Franziska Schroeder.
His ensembles have appeared at festivals including Jazz em Agosto (Lisbon), Freedom of the City (London), Brilliant Corners (Belfast), ISIM (New York), dialogues festival (Edinburgh) and Sonic Acts (Amsterdam). His recordings have been released by labels including SLAM Productions and DUNS Limited Edition. Park taught improvisation at University College Cork, and founded and curated Stet Lab, a space for improvised music in Cork.
“Guitarist Han-earl Park is a musical philosopher…. Expect unexpected things from Park, who is a delightful shape-shifter….”
— Brian Morton (Point of Departure)
“Park… may just have the specter of drumming giant Rashied Ali guiding his hands. His fingers, palms and wrists tirelessly bounce, skitter, smear, stroke, strum, hammer-on, pull-off and thump his solid-body electric. Considering the rapidity of his technique, the effect is not simply percussive, but utterly drumkit-like and a liberated kit at that….”
— John Pietaro (The New York City Jazz Record)
Yorgos Dimitriadis, born in Thessaloniki Greece 1964, is a Berlin based percussionist, composer/improviser active in the fields of improvised music and contemporary jazz. In his original solo work he uses drums, cymbals and microphones to compose real time sonic landscapes, with an emphasis on timbre, sound color and long durations.
Current projects include: KOPFKINO (solo for drums and microphones), Duos with Achim Kaufmann, Ignaz Schick, Andrea Parkins, Axel Dörner, Michael Thieke, Ingo Reulecke (dance), DYET with Erato Tzavara (video), Trios GLUE (with Tom Arthurs and Miles Perkin), GRIX (with Antonis Anissegos and Floros Floridis), KERN (with Edith Steyer and Matthias Müller), FABRIC (with Frank Paul Schubert and Mike Majkowski), Trio (with Andrea Parkins and Philippe Lemoine), The Ohz (with Bryan Eubanks, Andrea Parkins, and Andrew Lafkas), TVBOON (with Floros Floridis and Jannis Anastasakis).
Since 2006 he lives in Berlin and appears at festivals and concert series worldwide. He has performed/recorded as a soloist and in collaboration with an array of renowned international artists like Audrey Chen, Paul Dunmall, Tristan Honsinger, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Conny and Matthias Bauer, Frank Gratkowski, Lori Freedman, Michel Doneda, Ulrich Gumpert, Amir ElSaffar, Tobias Delius, Marc Turner, Hilary Jeffery, Robin Hayward, Oguz Büyükberber, Meinrad Kneer, Johannes Fink, Jan Roder, Silke Eberhard, Berlin Improvisers Orchestra (BerIO) and many more.
Festival appearances include Jazzfest Berlin, Jazzdor Berlin/Strasbourg, Enjoy Jazz, Onassis Cultural Center Athens, Nice Jazz Festival, Theatre de la Bastille, Paleo Festival Nyon, Jazz and More Festival Sibiou, Konstanzer Jazzherbst, Soundance Festival, Berlin Solo Impro, Moving Silence Nicosia and others. Yorgos Dimitriadis can be heard on recordings on Jazzwerkstatt, NoBusiness, Creative Sources, FMR and Not Applicable labels.