Originally from Ithaca, New York Park Evans grew up studying with classical guitarist Karl Wolff and British fingerstyle guitar master Martin Simpson. He moved to Minnesota to further his study of classical guitar and composition at Saint Olaf College. Upon discovering the rich music scene in the twin cities and studying with local jazz guitarists Dean Magraw and Kevin Daley he became a permanent resident. Evans performs in multiple groups including genre-bending jazz quartet Enormous, modern jazz trio Fire Bell, world music ensemble New Primitives, and indie rockers Corey Palmer and Love Trade.
He has worked extensively with jazz vocalists Sophia Shorai, and Katie Gearty as well as collaborating with cellists Michelle Kinney, and Jacquelline Ultan. He has played with drummer Elliot Humberto Kavee (Vijay Iyer), John Scofield, and Anthony Cox. He has released 5 recordings of his original music; 'Impossible Party' (2003), 'Surviving Desire' (2006), 'Satori for a Hungry Ghost' (2012), ‘Impossible Vacation’ (2014), and ‘Incendios’ (2018). His work as a studio musician can be heard on numerous recordings including jazz, rock, alt-country, and folk albums. He has taught guitar lessons for the past 22 years privately and with tenures as a faculty member of the Music Connection, the Rymer-Hadley center for the arts, and the Rogers School of Music.
Photographer: Donald Olson '13