reminder: Mathilde 253 with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (Cork and Dublin, 2011)

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith

Next week (March 30 and March 31, 2011): Performances in Cork and Dublin, Ireland, by Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) with Mathilde 253 (Charles Hayward: drums, percussion and melodica; Han-earl Park: guitar; and Ian Smith: trumpet and flugelhorn). [Details…]

See the performance diary for up-to-date info. [Details about events/tour…]

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith will also speak on ‘Ankhrasmation: A Systemic Music Language for Creative Music’ as part of the UCC Music Research Seminar Series. The talk is free, open to the public, and takes place at the UCC Music Building (Sundays Well, Cork) at 2:00 pm on 30 March.

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Presented with funding from the Music Network Performance and Touring Award, and support from UCC School of Music, Note Productions, the National Concert Hall and the Cork Opera House.

tickets available: Mathilde 253 with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (Cork and Dublin, 2011)

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith

Tickets are now available for the performances in Cork and Dublin, Ireland, by Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) with Mathilde 253 (Charles Hayward: drums, percussion and melodica; Han-earl Park: guitar; and Ian Smith: trumpet and flugelhorn). [Details…]

See the performance diary for up-to-date info. [Details about events/tour…]

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith will also speak on ‘Ankhrasmation: A Systemic Music Language for Creative Music’ as part of the UCC Music Research Seminar Series. The talk is free, open to the public, and takes place at the UCC Music Building (Sundays Well, Cork) at 2:00 pm on 30 March.

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Presented with funding from the Music Network Performance and Touring Award, and support from UCC School of Music, Note Productions, the National Concert Hall and the Cork Opera House.

flyer: Mathilde 253 with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (Cork and Dublin, 2011)

Flyers now released for the performances in Cork and Dublin, Ireland, by Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) with Mathilde 253 (Charles Hayward: drums, percussion and melodica; Han-earl Park: guitar; and Ian Smith: trumpet and flugelhorn).

Mathilde 253 with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith 2011 flyer (copyright 2011 Han-earl Park and unknown photographer) click to download PDF…
flyer © 2011 Han-earl Park and unknown photographer (click to download PDF…)

Performances are as follows:

See the performance diary for up-to-date info. [Details about events/tour…]

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith will also speak on ‘Ankhrasmation: A Systemic Music Language for Creative Music’ as part of the UCC Music Research Seminar Series. The talk is free, open to the public, and takes place at the UCC Music Building (Sundays Well, Cork) at 2:00 pm on 30 March.

  • Arts Council Ireland logo
  • Music Network logo

Presented with funding from the Music Network Performance and Touring Award, and support from UCC School of Music, Note Productions, the National Concert Hall and the Cork Opera House.

performances: Mathilde 253 with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (Cork and Dublin, 2011)

March 2011: Performances in Cork and Dublin, Ireland, by Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) with Mathilde 253 (Charles Hayward: drums, percussion and melodica; Han-earl Park: guitar; and Ian Smith: trumpet and flugelhorn).

See the performance diary for up-to-date info.

[Download press release (PDF)…]

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith will also speak on ‘Ankhrasmation: A Systemic Music Language for Creative Music’ as part of the UCC Music Research Seminar Series. The talk is free, open to the public, and takes place at the UCC Music Building (Sundays Well, Cork) at 2:00 pm on 30 March.

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  • Music Network logo

Presented with funding from the Music Network Performance and Touring Award, and support from UCC School of Music, Note Productions, the National Concert Hall and the Cork Opera House.

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith

Mathilde 253 with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith
(Cork and Dublin, Ireland: March 2011)

[Download press release (PDF)…]

Expect powerful and inventive musical interactions as internationally renowned composer-improviser Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith performs with the virtuosic, cross-idiomatic ensemble Mathilde 253 (Charles Hayward, Han-earl Park and Ian Smith) in Cork and Dublin, Ireland in March 2011. This two-date tour marks Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith’s first appearance in Ireland, and the Irish debut of Mathilde 253.

Hailed as “one of the most vital musicians on the planet today” (Bill Shoemaker, Coda), legendary composer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser and educator Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith has been active in creative contemporary music for over forty years. He is creator of Ankhrasmation, a systemic music language, and his music traverses traditions as diverse as the delta blues, creative world musics, American experimentalism and live-electronics. His current ensembles include the Golden Quartet (currently with Vijay Iyer, John Lindberg and Pheeroan akLaff), Silver Orchestra (with J.D. Parran, Lindberg, Okkyung Lee, Harris Eisenstadt and others), Organic (with Nels Cline, Lee, Lindberg, akLaff and others), and his compositions have been performed by ensembles including the Kronos Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Player, New Century Players, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Del Sol String Quartet and New York New Music Ensemble. He is faculty member, and director of the African-American Improvisational Music program, at The Herb Alpert School of Music at the California Institute of the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a longtime member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

Mathilde 253 consists of the pioneering avant-rock drummer Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now, Massacre), rising Cork-based guitarist and improviser Han-earl Park (Paul Dunmall, Kato Hideki, Stet Lab), and Irish trumpeter and mainstay of the London improvised music scene, Ian Smith (Derek Bailey, The London Improvisers Orchestra, The Gathering). Mathilde 253 was formed to explore the spontaneous mashup of avant-rock, African-American creative musics, European free improvisation and noise, and collaborates with noted improvisers such as Lol Coxhill and Pat Thomas. Guillaume Belhomme described the music of the ensemble’s eponymous debut CD, released in 2011 by Slam Productions (SLAMCD 528), as “ordered and entwining… a tapestry of choice: that of another Mathilde, of a complete beauty”.

The Dublin event will open with a solo performance by the Dublin-based Paul G. Smyth, one of Ireland’s foremost free-improvising pianist.

The events take place: Wednesday, 30 March, Half Moon Theatre (Cork Opera House, Emmet Place, Cork), 8:00 pm; and Thursday, 31 March, Kevin Barry Room (National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin) 8:30 pm.

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith will also speak on ‘Ankhrasmation: A Systemic Music Language for Creative Music’ as part of the UCC Music Research Seminar Series. The talk is free, open to the public, and takes place at the UCC Music Building (Sundays Well, Cork) at 2:00 pm on 30 March.

Presented with funding from the Music Network Performance and Touring Award, and support from UCC School of Music, Note Productions, the National Concert Hall and the Cork Opera House.

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performance: Mathilde 253 with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (Cork, 2011)

First official word on the performance by Mathilde 253 (Charles Hayward, Han-earl Park and Ian Smith) with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Cork, Ireland, March 30, 2011. See the performance diary for up-to-date info. Details to follow….

[FUAIM program download page…]

Mathilde 253 with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (FUAIM program page)
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full text

In this special event, part of a two-date tour, the ensemble Mathilde 253 is joined by internationally renowned composer-improviser Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith in his first appearance in Ireland. Mathilde 253 features the pioneering avant-rock drummer Charles Hayward, London-based improviser Ian Smith and guitarist Han-earl Park.

Trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith has been active in creative contemporary music for over forty years. He performs with three ensembles, Golden Quartet, Silver Orchestra, and Organic, and is currently a faculty member at The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts. Other contemporary music ensembles, including Kronos Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Player, New Century Players, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Del Sol String Quartet and New York New Music Ensemble, have also performed his compositions. Smith is a Guggenheim Fellow and a long-time member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

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Presented with funding from the Music Network Performance and Touring Award, and support from the UCC School of Music and the Cork Opera House.

performance diary 08-25-10 (Belfast, Berlin, Cork, Dublin, Vienna)

upcoming performances
date venue time details
October 2010 (TBC) Venue TBC
Cork, Ireland
TBC Stet Lab returns!
[Details…]
October 22, 2010 Lichtblik Kino
Kastanienallee 77
10435 Berlin, Germany
10:00pm (doors: 9:00pm) Performance by Richard Barrett (electronics) and Han-earl Park (guitar) presented by AUXXX.
Donation: €5.
[Details…]
October 25, 2010 Celeste Jazz Bar
Hamburgerstrasse 18
Vienna, Austria 1050
9:00pm Han-earl Park (guitar) performs as part of the Neu New York / Vienna Institute of Improvised Music.
[Details…]
November 6, 2010 Sonic Arts Research Center
Queen’s University
Belfast, N. Ireland
9:30am Not exactly a gig, but a presentation, ‘Subject Matter: Improvising Cyborgs’ by Han-earl Park at the TWO Thousand + TEN symposium. More info to follow…
[Details…]
November 25, 2010 Ó Riada Hall
UCC Music Building
Sundays Well
Cork, Ireland
8:00pm Performances by Matana Roberts (saxophone), Han-earl Park (guitar) and Mark Sanders (drums) as part of the UCC concert series. More info to follow…
We’re also looking for dates between 22 and 24 November. Interested promoters, venues and sponsors, please get in touch!
March 30, 2011 Venue TBC
Dublin, Ireland
TBC Performances by Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) with Mathilde 253 (Charles Hayward (drums, percussion and melodica), Han-earl Park (guitar) and Ian Smith (trumpet and flugelhorn)).
Details to follow…
Presented with funding from the Music Network Performance and Touring Award, and support from the Arts Council of Ireland, and support from the Improvised Music Company.
March 31, 2011 Venue TBC
Cork, Ireland
TBC Performances by Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) with Mathilde 253 (Charles Hayward (drums, percussion and melodica), Han-earl Park (guitar) and Ian Smith (trumpet and flugelhorn)).
Details to follow…
Presented with funding from the Music Network Performance and Touring Award, and support from the Arts Council of Ireland, and support from the Triskel Arts Centre and the UCC School of Music.

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performance diary 08-16-10 (Berlin, Cork, Dublin, Vienna)

upcoming performances
date venue time details
October 2010 (TBC) Venue TBC
Cork, Ireland
TBC Stet Lab returns!
[Details…]
October 22, 2010 Lichtblik Kino
Kastanienallee 77
Berlin, Germany
TBC Details to follow…
October 25, 2010 Celeste Jazz Bar
Hamburgerstrasse 18
Vienna, Austria
9:00pm Presented by the Neu New York / Vienna Institute of Improvised Music.
Details to follow…
November 25, 2010 Venue TBC
Cork, Ireland
TBC Performances by Matana Roberts (saxophone), Han-earl Park (guitar) and Mark Sanders (drums) as part of the UCC concert series.
Details to follow…
We’re also looking for dates between 22 and 24 November. Interested promoters, venues and sponsors, please get in touch!
March/April 2011 (TBC) Venues TBC
Dublin and Cork, Ireland
TBC Performances by Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) with Mathilde 253 (Charles Hayward (drums, percussion and melodica), Han-earl Park (guitar) and Ian Smith (trumpet and flugelhorn)).
Details to follow…
Presented with funding from the Music Network Performance and Touring Award, and support from the Arts Council of Ireland, the Improvised Music Company, the Triskel Arts Centre and the UCC School of Music.

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performance diary 07-11-10 (Cork, Dublin)

upcoming performances
date venue time details
July 29, 2010 Lewis Glucksman Gallery
UCC
Cork, Ireland
6:00pm Lewis Glucksman Gallery presents a solo (or guitar-guitarist duet) performance by Han-earl Park (guitar).
Free admission.
[Details…]
October 2010 (TBC) Venue TBC
Cork, Ireland
TBC Stet Lab returns!
[Details…]
March/April 2011 (TBC) Venue TBC
Dublin and Cork, Ireland
TBC Performances by Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) with Mathilde 253 (Charles Hayward (drums, percussion and melodica), Han-earl Park (guitar) and Ian Smith (trumpet and flugelhorn)).
Details to follow…
Presented with funding from the Music Network Performance and Touring Award, and support from the Arts Council of Ireland, the Improvised Music Company, the Triskel Arts Centre and the UCC School of Music.

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tonight! Human-Machine Improvisations (Cork, 2010)

Human-Machine Improvisations (Cork, 2010) poster
poster (click to download PDF…)

Tonight! (Wednesday, May 26, 2010) at 8:00pm (doors: 7:45pm): io 0.0.1 beta++ (itself) with Han-earl Park (guitar), and Bruce Coates and Franziska Schroeder (saxophones), plus iWife (itself) with John Godfrey and Francis Heery (diffusion) perform at Blackrock Castle Observatory (Cork, Ireland). [Details…]

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Presented with funding from the Music Network Performance and Touring Award, and support from the Arts Council of Ireland, Blackrock Castle Observatory, The Castle Bar and Trattoria and the UCC School of Music.

Human-Machine Improvisations (Cork, 2010) on RTÉ: Morning Ireland

Human-Machine Improvisations (Cork, 2010) poster
poster (click to download PDF…)

I just did a short spot on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland. Plugged the Human-Machine Improvisations (Cork, 2010) gig, and they also played a snippet of Bruce Coates with io 0.0.1 beta++ (audio recording below). I wonder how often improvised music gets on the national news 😉

beta test 05-12-09_03 [mp3″]
io 0.0.1 beta++ (itself) with Bruce Coates (saxophone). Beta test May 12, 2009.

performance diary 05-16-10 (Cork)

upcoming performances
date venue time details
May 24, 2010 The Roundy
Castle Street
Cork, Ireland
9:00pm (doors: 8:45pm) An improvised music performance by Bruce Coates (saxophones), Marian Murray (violin) and Han-earl Park (guitar).
Admission: €10 (€5).
[Details…]
May 26, 2010 Blackrock Castle Observatory
Cork, Ireland
8:00pm (doors: 7:45pm) Human-Machine Improvisations (Cork, 2010)
Debut performance by io 0.0.1 beta++ (itself) with Bruce Coates (saxophones), Franziska Schroeder (saxophones) and Han-earl Park (guitar), plus iWife (itself) with John Godfrey (guitar) and Francis Heery (diffusion).
Presented with funding from the Music Network Performance and Touring Award, and support from the Arts Council of Ireland, Blackrock Castle Observatory, The Castle Bar and Trattoria and the UCC School of Music.
€16 (€10).
[Details…]
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June 15, 2010 Ó Riada Hall
UCC Music Building
Sundays Well
Cork, Ireland
7:15pm Stet Lab featuring Alex Hawkins (piano).
Admission: €10 (€5).
[Details…]
June 18, 2010 (TBC) The Savoy Theatre
Patrick’s Street
Cork, Ireland
10:00pm The Jitney Trio (Marian Murray (violin), Neil O’Loghlen (double bass) and Han-earl Park (guitar)) perform at the Mutant Cabaret as part of the Trash Culture Revue.
Admission: €5.
[Details…]
July 29, 2010 Lewis Glucksman Gallery
UCC
Cork, Ireland
6:00pm An improvised music performance by Han-earl Park (guitar).
Details to follow….
Free admission.
2010 (TBC) Venue TBC TBC Performance by Han-earl Park (guitar), Mark Sanders (drums) and Franziska Schroeder (saxophones).
Details to follow…
Interested promoters and venues, please get in touch!

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reminder: Human-Machine Improvisations (Cork, 2010)

Human-Machine Improvisations (Cork, 2010) poster
poster (click to download PDF…)

On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 8:00pm (doors: 7:45pm): io 0.0.1 beta++ (itself) with Han-earl Park (guitar) Bruce Coates and Franziska Schroeder (saxophones) plus iWife (itself) with John Godfrey and Francis Heery (diffusion) perform at Blackrock Castle Observatory (Cork, Ireland). [Details…]

Tickets: €16.00 (€10.00 concessions). [Get tickets…]

You are warmly invited to come along to watch / listen. The performance by / with io++ will be a culmination of three years of research, work and play by Han, Bruce and Franziska… and an ironic sci-fi parody!

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Presented with funding from the Music Network Performance and Touring Award, and support from the Arts Council of Ireland, Blackrock Castle Observatory, The Castle Bar and Trattoria and the UCC School of Music.