THE ARTIST

I am a composer, pianist, vocalist and writer.

I am interested in the idea of giving a feeling, perception or thought form whether this form is expressed through the media of a canvas, a piece of paper, shadows on a screen, movement of bodies or fingers on a piano.

I belong to the Asian race(South Korean) but in my blood flows the European spirit. My uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters were part of the inner circle of intellectual artists and bohemians like Charles Baudelaire, Henry Miller, Milan Kundera, Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre, Miles Davis, Salvador Dalí, Ingmar Bergman, Gustav Mahler, Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Thomas Mann.

My work expresses what I am not capable of saying in an ordinary way.
The experience of being human is difficult to describe and hard to tell using a language that is built on and constructed by contrasts.

In my work I am attracted to lightness and heaviness, comedy and tragedy, beauty and spleen, Art and Popart, the sublime and the ordinary, the poetic and the bombastic.

My artistic vision is to build our lives and community upon the vitality and the beauty of Art and Aesthetics despite living in a commercialised world.  Thereby we promote Tole-rance, Opennes, Poetry and L.O.V.E..

We must believe in Art…

Yours truly

 

Childhood

Jakob Min Woo Park Nielsen was born in Seoul in 1975 but adopted to a Danish family and grew up in the southern part of Denmark in a small city called Sønderborg. His Danish family was about to discover the obvious musical talents their South Korean child possessed. In his early childhood music teachers were impressed by the musical skills of the Korean youngster and they would encourage his parents to make sure that their child would receive the best music education possible. Jakob Park began playing the drums at the age of 8 but switched to being lead singer in a band. It was not until he turned 16 that he would find the love of his life – The Grand Piano.

 

About

Jakob Park went on to study at The Royal Danish Academy of Music and is currently residing in Copenhagen. Although he is considered fully Danish by his peers, he has throughout his life felt a strong longing for his roots.

The year 2013 marks Jakob Park’s reconnection with his homeland. He will be spending a large part of the year in South Korea with a desire to integrate the local music scene and make his music a vehicle for cultural exchange between his two home countries, Denmark and South Korea.

Jakob Park’s music has been described as lyrical and elegant jazz, a delicate musical universe filled with groovy beats, sweet harmonies, tantalizing colors and a strong fairy tale sentiment.

The young Jakob Park started his carreer a protegé of the legendary Danish bassist Hugo Rasmussen. He later graduated from The Royal Danish Academy Of Music and has since toured extensively in Denmark and also in foreign countries such as Norway, Germany and Austria. Since 2008 his music has been receiving airplay on both national Danish commercial radio as well as non-commercial jazz radio and television.

In Denmark, Jakob Park has shared his talent with many prominent local artists , including collaborations with people such as Aske Jacoby, Jakob Dinesen, Malene Mortensen, Emil de Waal, Dan Hemmer, a.o.

 

C.V

I mine unge år sad jeg konstant foran radioen og ventede på den næste gode sang…

I dag, arbejder jeg som komponist, pianist og tekstforfatter. Min første plade udgav

jeg i 2006, var med på en compilation for Nordjysk Jazz 2008 og udgav mit soloalbum

”Tales from a lost Poet” i 2009, som Berlingske Tidende kastede 5 ud af 6 stjerner efter.

I de sidste 3 år har jeg turneret i Danmark og Norge med min gruppe som består af

Hugo Rasmussen på kontrabas, Janus Templeton på trommer og Sweet Mary på vokal.

Jeg har været instruktør på en danseforestilling i 2009 med tangodanserne

Aldo Velasquez og Susanne Velasquez. Jeg skrev selv manuskript og musik til.

Jeg var med til at sætte en forestilling op med ContraAct, hvor jeg var komponist.

Jeg elsker dansen i alle afskygninger. Ballet, contemporary dance, tango, flamenco.

Da jeg har haft mit eget orkester i snart 5 år og udgivet 2 soloalbums kender jeg til

pressemeddelser, segmenter, PR-strategier, grafik, design, æstetik og mode.

Jeg har optrådt med mit eget orkester på Copenhagen Jazzhouse, Jive i Vejle, Jazzhus

Dexter i Odense, Paradise Jazz, København, Huset Aalborg, Wiener Theaterkeller, Wien,

Kunstbygningen Aarhus, Kulturhuset Islands Brygge, Jazzcup, København, Tisvilde Bio

Bistro, Studenterhuset Aalborg, Restaurant Mortens Kro, Bent J Jazzbar, Aarhus m.m.

Mine sange og mine plader bliver dagligt sendt ud i æteren via radio og TV

2012 August. Udgivelse af CD´en Weekend Lover.

2012 10-12 august. Jakob Park Trio på Livø Jazzfestival

2012 Maj. Singlen The Sun ryger på P4 og 10 andre danske radiokanaler.

2012 9 februar, Koncert på Wiener Theaterkeller, Wien.

2011 juli-august Pianist på Radio Nova, live transmitting radio

2011 marts

Moving Art, ContraAct. Dance show and photography exhibition by choreographer

Paul James Rooney and photographer Matti Silfer. Music by Jakob Park.
 

2010 november

Forestillingen Ballerina Ballad.
Med balletdanser Jennifer Wagstaffe.
Directed by Jakob Park, music by Jakob Park.
 

2009 november

Instruktør, manuskriptforfatter, muskier, solist
Tangomusicalen – Tango Phantasie med
Tangodanserne Aldo Velasquez, Susanne Velasquez,
bassist Hugo Rasmussen, sax Jakob Dinesen, trommeslager Andreas Fryland,

2006/01-2011/03 Komponist, pianist, kapelmester i orkesteret Jakob Park
Komponist, pianist og kapelmester for orkesteret Jakob Park.
Turnévirksomhed, studieindspilninger, liveoptræden, administration, booking,
on-line salg. Opsætning af forestillinger med teater, musik og dans.

2010/12 – 2011/03 Rytmisk Center for Musik, Vesterbro København
Free-lance pianist for virksomhedskoret Leopharma.

2008/01-2008/04 Kapelmester for Det hem´lige Teater, Aalborg
Musikalsk leder for et musikalsk ensemble.
Instruktion af musikere til musicalen “Rent”.
Indstudering med sangere. Ledelse af kor. Dommer til audition.
Planlægning af prøve for orkester. Opførelse af musicalen Rent.

1999/05 – 1999/06 Pianist/sanger ∙ Mackie´s, Aarhus
At levere musikalsk underholdning til de spisende gæster på restaurant Mackie´s Pizza

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