“In a field of experimentation and free music, Eris 136199 stands as singular.” John Pietaro (New York City Jazz Record)
“Highly recommended.” Mike Borella (Avant Music News)
“Exquisitely constructed, spontaneously messed-up, endless depth, kind of like letting an insane brain surgeon in through your ear.” Dave Foxall (a Jazz Noise, Best of 2018)
“‘Yo man, you ever been hit by a car?’ ‘Yeah, but maybe we should listen to this album I just picked up before I tell you about it.’” Gabriel Jermaine Vanlandingham-Dunn (Jazz Right Now, Best of 2018)
Noise multiplies via telephone futz, riding the transcontinental signal; a clockwork tight-rope walker dances, navigating (gears shift and gear grind) tension; and, above all, rises the Big Note around which we all fall to orbit.
Formed in New York in 2012, Eris 136199 is the quick-reacting cyborg virtuosity of Han-earl Park (Sirene 1009), the mighty melodic imagination and big tenor sound of Catherine Sikora (Clockwork Mercury), and the diamond-cut precision and grind-meets-experimentalism of Nick Didkovsky (Doctor Nerve). Recorded during the 2017 European tour, Eris 136199’s eponymous album is the trio’s followup to their debut recording Anomic Aphasia (SLAMCD 559, 2015) which was described as “a beautiful noise” (KFJC 89.7 FM) and “atmospheric as to become almost frightening” (The New York City Jazz Record).
Tracks 1–4, 9 and 10 recorded live November 2, 2017, Bryggekælderen, Copenhagen.
Tracks 5–8 recorded live November 5, 2017, The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.
Han-earl Park: guitar.
Catherine Sikora: saxophone.
Nick Didkovsky: guitar.
Copenhagen performance presented by Jazz Club Loco and Jvtlandt.
Newcastle performance presented by Jazz North East.
Recording and tour made possible by the awesome support of our Kickstarter backers.
Music by Han-earl Park, Catherine Sikora and Nick Didkovsky.
Tracks 1–4, 9 and 10 recorded by Troels Bech. Live-mix by Troels Bech.
Tracks 5–8 recorded by Charlie McGovern. Mixed by Han-earl Park.
Mastered by Richard Scott.
Design and artwork by Han-earl Park.
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 is the mastermind behind Eris 136199 with Catherine Sikora and Nick Didkovsky; and Sirene 1009 with Dominic Lash, Mark Sanders and rit. (f.k.a. Pugh); and has a duo with Richard Barrett....more
The first thing that grabs my ear is the tone of the guitar, laser sharp and perfectly balance. It's a strong basis for a great set of solo improvisations that brings a lot that you don't often get at the table: clever use of volume pedal or tremolo to make the instrument weightless and elusive, exploration of harmonics with a real love for complex tones and textures, and more. This is a player still finding his own unique spaces in this much explored mode. Derek Walmsley