Improviser, guitarist and constructor Han-earl Park (박한얼) 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 and the USA.
Park engages a radical, liminal, cyborg virtuosity in which mind, body and artifact collide. He is driven by the social and revolutionary potential of real- time interactive performance in which tradition and practice become creative problematics. As a constructor of musical automata, he is interested in partial, and partially frustrating, context-specific artifacts; artifacts that amplify social relations and corporeal identities and agencies.
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“Guitarist Han-earl Park is a musical philosopher…. Expect unexpected things
from Park, who is a delightful shape-shifter….” Brian Morton (Point of
“Han-earl Park… is as at home in underground Noise as he is dueting with
free jazz heroes like Paul Dunmall. Park uses pedals to smudge and smear
chords or rolls out strange robotic grumblings, a technician playing electricity
as much as the guitar.” Daniel Spicer (Jazzwise)
“Remarkable strategies from the guitarist which involve investing each string
with a different weight as he coaxes tones from near the machine head all the
way down past the bridge.” Ken Waxman (JazzWord)
“Imaginatively dissonant barbedly-wire phrases and false-harmonic
scatterings….” Ed Pinsent (The Sound Projector)
“Park applies every technique to his detuned ax—tapping, sliding, muting,
twisting the machine heads