Sirene 1009: Park/Lash/Sanders/Pugh

Sirene 1009: Park/Lash/Sanders/Pugh

Friday, 7 April 2017, 1.10pm

Sirene 1009, “a fierce, adventurous band that goes… into the unknown, fearlessly in search of the new” (David Menestres, Free Jazz), makes their Cork debut as part of the Arts Council of Ireland funded series, starting with a free concert at 1:10pm on Friday, 7 April 2017 at the Aula Maxima, UCC, continuing at 8:00pm on 19 May, Stack Theatre, CIT Cork School of Music. Sirene 1009 is the cyborg virtuosity of Han-earl Park, the indomitable low-end growl of Dominic Lash, the unstoppable hits and clangs of Mark Sanders, and the controlled vocal mayhem of Caroline Pugh.


Brian Morton in Point of Departure described Cork-based guitarist Han-earl Park as “a musical philosopher,” while Stanley Zappa in The New York City Jazz Record noted that his sound was the “totality of the guitar’s sonorities.” Park has performed with some of the best improvisers from the Americas, Asia and Europe. He is part of ensembles including the London-based Mathilde 253 with Charles Hayward and Ian Smith, the New York-based Eris 136199 with Nick Didkovsky and Catherine Sikora, and the Berlin-based Numbers with Richard Barrett.

The molten, musical core of the ensemble comprises the virtuosic bassist, composer and sound artist Dominic Lash, and Mark Sanders, arguably the most sought-after avant-jazz and free improvisation drummer of his generation. Belfast-based avant-folk singer and electronic artist Caroline Pugh joined the group in 2015, bringing an additional layer of levity and exuberance to the already playful interactions of the trio.

Also on 7 April, following the performance, the ensemble will also host a group improvisation workshop at 2:30pm. More information:

With the release of the ensemble’s eponymous first album (“a colorful, sometimes violent and revelatory listening experience that infuses modern aesthetics with the spirit of the ancient.” John Morrison, Jazz Right Now), and following the ensemble’s Culture Ireland funded tour of England in 2015, and their performance at the Sonic Arts Research Centre as part of Brilliant Corners, Belfast, Sirene 1009 is ready to bring their mix of musical histories in a performance that will leap between noise, melody, dissonance, harmony and rhythm.

Presented with funding from the Arts Council of Ireland, and support from FUAIM Music at UCC, UCC Music Department, CIT Cork School of Music and the Cork Improvised Music Club.


Published on 18 March 2017

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