Friday, January 29, 2016, at 1:10pm: Han-earl Park (guitar), Dominic Lash (double bass),
Mark Sanders (drums) and Caroline Pugh (voice and electronics) presented by FUAIM Music at UCC, perform at the Aula Maxima (University College Cork, Cork). Admission is free.
Hey! I’ll be performing again with Dom,
Mark and Caroline—an exemplary group of crafty, noisy, creative musicians. We just came back from a short tour of England, and I am thrilled to be able to bring this ensemble to Cork. (The tour was presented with funding from Culture Ireland, and support from SLAM Productions.)
01–28-16: sadly, Mark’s flight was cancelled. The performance will go ahead as a trio of Han, Dom and Caroline.
I’m honored to find my music standing among such amazing creative work! [Avant Music News Best of 2015…]
Screeching and scraping in an improv style, this quartet assailed the ears with a pleasing melee of noise, some of it vaguely intelligible. Caroline Pugh jabbered away in what sounded like snatches of Greek, while the guitarist Han-earl Park did impossibly intricate yet percussive stuff on his guitar fret. Mad but entertaining. It was in the backroom of a gloomy back-street boozer. When I tentatively asked the elderly landlord “Where’s the jazz tonight?”, he said “I wouldn’t call it jazz. More like a fookin’ racket.” He was right! [Read the rest…]
Okay, start with a thanks to my co-conspirators, Dominic Lash, Mark Sanders and Caroline Pugh, who consistently created fascinating, difficult, infuriating, confounding and beautiful spaces for interaction. Listening to the music play out in real-time, all I could think was that it sounds great whenever the guitarist shuts-up. (As Josh Sinton pointed out later, that’s really a wonderful position to be in; not knowing how to contribute to—to add to—an already perfect ensemble at play.)
Thanks to Ingrid Laubrock for the play—it was great to come-off a… logistically challenging set of gigs into a relaxed performance where, well, anything might happen… and we ended up in some interesting and unexpected places. (Felt very good about this one.)
Big thanks to all the venues and promoters, DIYers and supporters: to the indefatigable Andrew Woodhead at Fizzle; to Seth Cooke and everyone at Bang the Bore for an awesome event; to Fielding Hope, Oli Barrett and everyone at Cafe OTO for their support, and for their patience with all the ups’n’downs; to Josh and everyone at 65Fen Music Series; and to Cisco Bradley for inviting me to perform at New Revolution Arts (a beautiful space—socially, musically).
the gentleman who lent me his amplifier in Birmingham (sorry, can’t remember your name!), and to Andrew Drury and Chris Welcome who did the same in Brooklyn—y’all made my travels so much more pleasant!
The tour by my ensemble with Dom, Mark and Caroline was made possible with funding from Culture Ireland, and I am extremely grateful for their support.
I am also grateful to Franziska Schroeder, Elspeth Murray, Helen Petts, ODD7’s Towards the Margins, London Korea Links, and Alma Ní Choigligh of Embassy of Ireland (London) who all helped to spread the word of the performances. A special thanks to Cath Roberts of LUME, Avant Music News, and George Haslam of SLAM Productions for their continued support. Similarly, thanks to Editor Laurence Donohue-Greene for tying-in a review in The New York City Jazz Record to coincide with my Brooklyn performances.
Thanks to Dom Lash and Kate Hendry, and to Josh Sinton and family, for offering a place for this itinerant musician to crash a night (or three). Kudos to Nasc Ireland for helping me navigate some border… technicalities 😉
And a very special thanks to the Best Sound Engineer in the Known Universe, Alex Fiennes, for taking time to make the music sound great in London.
Finally, as always, thanks, thanks, thanks, everyone, for listening.
12–20-15: add Tom Durham’s name (thanks, Andy).
Tonight (Thursday, December 3, 2015), at 8:00pm: final performance of the tour by Han-earl Park (guitar), Dominic Lash (double bass), Mark Sanders (drums) and Caroline Pugh (voice and electronics)! Also performing are John Russell, Terry Day and Billy Steiger. The event takes place at Cafe OTO (18–22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL). Tickets: £10 (£8 advance) [get tickets…].
Tonight (Wednesday, December 2, 2015), at 8:00pm: Bang the Bore presents Han-earl Park (guitar), Dominic Lash (double bass), Mark Sanders (drums) and Caroline Pugh (voice and electronics). Also performing are Casey Hale, and Dsic. The event takes place at Cafe Kino (108 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RU). Admission is £6.
Tomorrow (Tuesday, December 1, 2015), at 7:30pm: Fizzle presents Han-earl Park (guitar), Dominic Lash (double bass), Mark Sanders (drums) and Caroline Pugh (voice and electronics). Also performing are Lee Griffiths (saxophone) and Olly Chalk (piano). The event takes place at The Lamp Tavern (Barford Street, Birmingham B5 6AH). Admission is £5.
“Plucky heroine faced with rebellious robots”? “ingot-like density”? “human triumph”? “electronically plugged in as well as pointedly blended”? Ken Waxman, writing in The New York City Jazz Record, reviews ‘Anomic Aphasia’ (SLAMCD 559) by Han-earl Park, Catherine Sikora, Nick Didkovsky and Josh Sinton:
Guitarist Han-earl Park joins those improvisers who conceive of a playbook for interactive tactics….
As the guitarists clip staccato whines with ingot-like density from below the bridges and along the necks, her [Sikora’s] wistful soprano saxophone variations preserve the linear form, eventually making common cause with offbeat folksy strums from one string player. Hear Sikora’s final unaccompanied cadenza as potential human triumph over, or coexistence with, the widening machine-produced tremolo pumps. A folk-like overlay also makes its appearance on the concluding “Stopcock”, although the tenor saxophonist’s concentrated upwards snarls and magnetic near-string-tearing pops from guitar strings make the track so atmospheric as to become almost frightening.
The wailing vigor of Sinton’s bottom-pitched horns adds to the reeds’ aleatoric strategies on the other three
tracks. Nearly verbalized reed tones are so euphonious on “Flying Rods” that the subsequent layered lines nearly move into songbook territory. But Park’s parallel flanges and hard thumping keeps the results electronically plugged in as well as pointedly blended.
Sardonically printing a faux questionnaire about Metis 9 application in the CD booklet shows that Park champions music over theory. With associates like Sikora, Didkovsky and Sinton, it appears he can have it both ways. [Read the rest…]
— Ken Waxman (The New York City Jazz Record)
Also from SLAM Productions…
|December 1, 2015||The Lamp Tavern
Birmingham B5 6AH
|7:30pm||Han-earl Park (guitar), Dominic Lash (double bass) and Mark Sanders (drums) [about this trio…] with Caroline Pugh (voice and electronics) presented by Fizzle. Also performing: Lee Griffiths (saxophone) and Olly Chalk (piano). Admission: £5.
[Details…] [Fizzle listings…]
|December 2, 2015||Cafe Kino
108 Stokes Croft
Bristol BS1 3RU
|8:00pm||Han-earl Park (guitar), Dominic Lash (double bass) and Mark Sanders (drums) [about this trio…] with Caroline Pugh (voice and electronics) presented by Bang the Bore. Also performing: Casey Hale, and Dsic. Admission: £6.
[Details…] [Bang the Bore page…]
|December 3, 2015||Cafe OTO
18–22 Ashwin Street
London E8 3DL
|8:00pm||Han-earl Park (guitar), Dominic Lash (double bass) and Mark Sanders (drums) [about this trio…] with Caroline Pugh (voice and electronics). Also performing: John Russell, Terry Day and Billy Steiger. Tickets: £10 (£8 advance) [get tickets…].
[Details…] [OTO page…]
|December 12, 2015||New Revolution Arts Series
7 Stanhope Street
Brooklyn, NY 11221
|8:00pm||Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone) and Han-earl Park (guitar). Also performing: Joanna Mattrey (viola), Leila Bordreuil (cello) and Sean Ali (bass); and James Ilgenfritz’ Trio Caveat.$10 suggested donation.
[Details…] [New Revolution Arts listings…]
|December 14, 2015||65Fen Music Series
65 Fenimore Street
Brooklyn, NY 11225
|9:00pm||Nick Didkovsky (guitar), Han-earl Park (guitar) and Josh Sinton (saxophone). Also performing: Jon Irabagon (saxophone).$10 suggested donation.
|January 29, 2016||
University College Cork
|Han-earl Park (guitar), Dominic Lash (double bass)
|2016–||Europe||I am based in Europe as of 2014, and I am seeking performance opportunities for, in particular, my Europe-based projects including Numbers (with Richard Barrett), Mathilde 253 (with Charles Hayward and Ian Smith), and my trio with Dominic Lash and Mark Sanders. Interested promoters, venues and sponsors, please get in touch!|
An SUV-sized violin tailgating, a No Wave guitarist desperately trying to survive in the Appalachian Mountains, someone dropping sheets of metal during a Jazz Session, an evolutionary biologist finding themselves speaking in tongues (Awash In Blue).
- Birmingham, December 1, 2015: The Lamp Tavern (Barford Street, Birmingham B5 6AH) presented by Fizzle.
[Performance diary entry…] [Fizzle listings…] [Facebook event…]
- Bristol, December 2, 2015: Cafe Kino (108 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RU) presented by Bang the Bore.
[Performance diary entry…] [Facebook event…]
- London, December 3, 2015: Cafe OTO (18–22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL).
[Performance diary entry…] [OTO page (get tickets)…] [Facebook event…]
I am beyond pleased, and feel extremely privileged, to be taking this group of stupendously creative, and unique crafty, people on the road. It’d be only a small exaggeration to say that this ensemble, more than any other, embodies the kinds of interactive creativity—an at times discordant tension between autonomy and collectivism—that get me fired up. Excited? Yes. And you should be too 😉 Hope you can make it to a performance; I guarantee it will be something special.
11–20-15: add Bang the Bore page.
‘Free’ is barely sufficient to describe this approach…. The vocabulary of sounds here is as broad as it is unconventional…. While an occasional interlocking harmony might emerge from all of this innovation, it is quickly shattered by unexpected Möbius twists…. An exercise in texture as much as it is in melody, Park, Sikora, Didkovsky, and Sinton don’t just break molds here – they disintegrate anything that resembles the ordinary with authority and prejudice. [Read the rest…]
— Mike Borella (Avant Music News)
Monday, December 14, 2015, at 9:00pm (doors: 8:30pm; our set: ): Nick Didkovsky (guitar), Han-earl Park (guitar) and Josh Sinton (saxophone), plus Jon Irabagon (saxophone), perform at 65Fen Music Series (65 Fenimore Street, Brooklyn, NY 11225). $10 suggested donation.
Above video playlist of the November 2013 Gowanus Company. Videography by Scott Friedlander. Featuring a stellar cast (seriously worth watching the whole thing for its breadth and depth, and unexpected turns and corners)… yet somehow Josh, Nick and I never managed to all be onstage at the same time! We’ll fix that this time.
By Han-earl Park, Nick Didkovsky and Josh Sinton
11-20-15: change set time, and add Facebook event.