Reviews that mention Han-earl Park

December 11, 2015

Han-earl Park/Catherine Sikora/Nick Didkovsky/Josh Sinton

Anomic Aphasia
SLAM CD 559

By Ken Waxman

Joining those improvisers who conceive of a playbook for interactive tactics – his is called Metis 9 – is guitarist Han-earl Park, Cork, Ireland’s gift to jazz. Now in NYC, Park, who has played in Wadada Leo Smith and Pauline Oliveros ensembles, uses what he calls “focused complexity” to formulate strategies here alongside tenor and soprano saxophonist Catherine Sikora – another Irish transplant – throughout the entire CD, plus Ideal Bread’s baritone saxophonist and bass clarinetist Josh Sinton on three tracks and Doctor Nerve guitarist Nick Didkovsky on two others. MORE

January 15, 2012

Han-earl Park/Bruce Coates/Franziska Schroeder

io 0. 0. 1 beta++
SLAM CD 531

Leave it to Irish musicians to take oddball innovation one step further. With improvisations matching traditional instruments with electronic manipulations now commonplace, Cork-based guitarist Han-earl Park personifying Dr. Frankenstein, has created a non-human artificial musician from ad-hoc components including speakers, kitchenware and missile switches. This CD is a literal record of how the non-human, prosaically named io 0. 0. 1 beta++, sounds in concert with flesh-and-blood counterparts. Worth noting, the resulting nine improvisations are intriguing, but in a 21st century context, no more startling than any electro-acoustic outing featuring musical software and sound design. MORE

April 23, 2011

Charles Hayward/Han-earl Park/Ian Smith/Lol Coxhill

Mathilde 253
SLAM CD 528

Riveting in its scope and cohesion, this seven-track slice of Free Improv captures the sounds made one night at a London club by an ad-hoc assemblage of players, who ordinarily may not have been expected to jell so effectively.

Ostensible draw is Avant-Rock percussionist Charles Hayward, who over the years has not only been part of bands such as This Heat and Massacre, but also improvised with the likes of soprano saxophonist Lol Coxhill, bassist Hugh Hopper and composer Heiner Goebbels. Most of this gig at Café OTO pairs him with trumpeter and flugelhornist Ian Smith, a mainstay of the London Improvisers' Orchestra, who traded Dublin for the British capital years ago; and sharp-witted, Cork-based guitarist Han-earl Park, who has played with saxman Paul Dunmall among others. Coxhill himself adds his idiosyncratic saxophone delivery to the trio on the final two tracks. MORE