Sukhavati Sutra

28 02 2019

a reading of the Sukhavati Sutra

live performance with spoken word and electroacoustic improvisation

Suvarnagarbha (voice)
Hervé Perez (laptop – field recordings, sound design, live processing – shakuhachi, bowls and bells)

Sheffield Buddhist Centre, 23 feb 2019





sounding out north yorkshire 2018

22 12 2018

 

 

 

the last of 2018, sounding out is returning to north yorkshire. this time, focusing on the area to the west among the dales and waterfalls – and inspired by the high energy of this rocky landscape.

once again, i am delighted to present pieces that draw out the stories of such amazing places. of this short selection, i was particularly struck by the small and quiet village of clapham. the size of the church and its calm presence provided a perfect rest after a walk along the valley, in craggy cuts through the rocks. walking back above the tree lines, with a view over the valley, the surrounding landscape all saturated with the gorgeous colours of autumn.

clapham church was light and bright. at times bustling with people looking after the place, those preparing for parties and other visitors. i found some quiet time too – to reflect, and some to venture tones and resonate the space. ecstatic, grand and a feel of infinity, powerful as waterfalls and quiet as the forest – is the feeling of this place.

moving east, i returned to pateley bridge where i’d stopped in the past for a place to meditate. i’d really wanted to return and take the time to play in this wonderful acoustics. this time was just right. as i stepped in, the sweet smell of incense welcomed me in a place that was totally peaceful. no need for further invitation, the welcome was clear and i immediately sank into that place of stillness where the music flows.

 

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above the trees
alto saxophone, 21 october 2018
st cuthbert’s, pateley bridge

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in search of the gentle
alto saxophone, 21 october 2018
st cuthbert’s, pateley bridge

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hugs for the bear pile
alto saxophone, 21 october 2018
st cuthbert’s, pateley bridge

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segway to the next emptiness
alto saxophone, 21 october 2018
st cuthbert’s, pateley bridge

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finding water
2.4 shakuhachi, 21 october 2018
st michael, malham kirkby

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infinite expanses of blue
alto saxophone, 20 october 2018
st james, clapham

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one door opens another closes
alto saxophone, 20 october 2018
st james, clapham

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the sliding tones of autumn
alto saxophone, 20 october 2018
st james, clapham

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slowly on the path
alto saxophone, 20 october 2018
st james, clapham

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a crack of light splashes through the rock
alto saxophone, 19 october 2018
st marys, long preston

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balancing the globe like hot candles
alto saxophone, 19 october 2018
st marys, long preston

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who is pulling the strings
alto saxophone, 19 october 2018
st marys, long preston

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Sounding Out EPK

8 11 2018

 

sounding out

is the practice of deep listening, a connection with the spirit of a place.

in a series of solo saxophone recordings, i connect with and explore outdoor acoustics and sacred sites, investigating the nature of space and architecture, natural topography.

 

 

drawing inspiration from the location, its environment and soundscape as well as its acoustics, the improvisations move freely between lyrical, harmonic and the more abstracted gestures of contemporary music.

both melody and extended techniques explore the way sounds resonate the space. in turn, the character of the space itself becomes instrumental in shaping the music.

 

more importantly, the space affects the musical content, as it were, whispering its history into the spontaneous compositions, expressing itself through my instrument.

 

 

 

 

 

the recordings made in-situ are documents of a point in time. they are not meant to be perfect studio recordings. they incorporate external sonic events, location sounds, interventions both outside and within the performance. the focus of this projects is more on a spiritual connection with a location, and using this deep experience as a very rich catalyst for creativity.

while the music will appeal on the emotional level, the concept of the project offers many levels that will stand up to analysis. acoustics, soundscape, musical contents, the nature of the performance, the voice of the space made manifest and various interactions between all the elements make these recordings a deeply interesting and touching listening experience.

the practice of meditation has become an integral part of the process. it is a means to strengthen the connection to a sense of place, through deep listening. but also, exploring those very creative psychological dimensions, the use of meditative state, becomes an approach to performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

links:

 

you will find short extracts that give a survey of the varied acoustics of many locations, where i have recorded, on soundcloud:

 

 

if you would like to listen to full tracks, this wordpress site has a section called sounding out. here, the recordings are compiled together in posts relating to specific locations or areas visited over a period of time.

my website also has a page in the field recordings section that catalogues all the spaces where i have recorded over the years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

biography:

 

Hervé Perez is a sound artist/composer from France, now based in Sheffield, UK.

 

Hervé has been composing music and performing live around Europe for over 20 years. Playing solo and in various groups, he draws from jazz, electro-acoustic, contemporary music, experimental electronics, free improvisation, immersive sound art and ancient techniques of sound therapy alike.

 

Hervé plays the saxophones, shakuhachi and laptop in several groups and many collaborations.

 

Live performances incl. Huddersfield Week of Speakers, Mantis festival in Manchester, insubordinations microfestival in Switzerland, Sheffield festival of the Mind, Mopomoso at the Vortex London, Megapolis and Dumbo Arts Festivals in New York, Jazz à Luz, Manchester Jazz festival, Marsden Jazz Festival, Out Front, etc.

 

Following training as a professional photographer, he completed a fine arts degree (Sheffield Hallam University) where he worked on video and sound installations.

Hervé’s research approaches sound as vibration, the relation between sound and objects or spaces, architecture and the body.

His use of field recordings and sound design is concerned with frequencies and harmonic relationships found in nature, how they relate to the physical world, and how the sounds of natural elements connect to our own resonances.

He has developed a very personal way to process and sculpt location recordings to reveal their musical features and maximise resonance with the listener and their experience of sound.

 

With a focus on collaboration and the immediacy of live work, Hervé has performed with artists whose practice is immersed in free improvisation and jazz, closely working with Mick Beck (sax, bassoon), Martin Archer (winds, el.), Peter Fairclough (drums), Philip Thomas (piano), Jez Riley-French (el.), Ian Simpson (el.), Charlie Collins (drums), Walt Shaw (el, perc), Constantin Popp (live processing, diffusion), Shaun Blezzard (electro), etc. in the UK

And also Michel Doneda (sop sax), Jonas Kocher (accordion), Simon Berz (dr, el.), Rodolphe Loubatiere (dr), d’Incise (el, objects), Cyril Bondi (dr), Heddy Boubaker (sax), Cia Barbet (dance), Joe Formanek (dr, el), Roger Mills (trumpet, el), Henri Herteman (p, trombone), Guy Bayssac (dr), Marin Beranger (p), Mark Alban Lotz (fl) etc. in Europe.

 

On acoustic instruments, hervé moves freely between abstract sounds and harmonic work, influenced by contemporary music, minimalism, noise, jazz and the practice of free improvisation.

He currently practices creative ways to develop musical narratives in improvisation. looking at both theoretical and practical approaches to music and performance, he has developed a method to weave melodic or harmonic paths in order to navigate outside of established structures, while maintaining a sense of evolving melody.

 

 

photographs for promoters:

RVcaveProm





Beck Woolf Perez trio EPK

14 10 2018

 
 
 
 
 

contact: hervé

nexttimerv@hotmail.com

or mick

mick.beck1@btinternet.com

 
 
 
 

[The Beck Woolf Perez Trio ]

adam woolf – keys

mick beck – tenor saxophone

hervé perez – alto saxophone

 

 

 

sounds:

 

 

 

A gripping new trio, Beck Woolf Perez are improvising musicians with broad interest in jazz and contemporary music.

This group epitomises deep listening, fast musical exchanges, and intriguing harmonic structures. They play with spontaneous communication with high energy, and commitment to communal creation.

Top players in their fields, the trio aspires to creating music that is both engaging and challenging to audiences, alternating fiery melodic delivery with deep merging of soundscapes.

The music is rich with structures and intricate interactions; and yet free as birds, the players engage in fast and soulful movements, flexible and innovative interpretations, through evolving narratives that will transport the listener.

 
 

the band made their first public appearance at No Bounds Festival 2018.
 
 
listen to an extract here:
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Biography

 
 
 
 

Adam Woolf (piano, keys)

 
 
 
 
 
 

Adam Woolf has been performing since the early 70’s, forming an experimental outfit with Cellist/Composer and Author Thomas Gardner. Throughout the 80’s he was a session musician, mainly on Piano and Reeds. In the 90’s he began collaboration with hip hop artists, particularly London based Kenneth Marx and presently, New York MC Frawstakwa.

He has been collaborating with Sheffield’s finest improvisors (present company included) John Jasnoch, Charlie Collins, Derek Saw, Beatrix Fernandez Ward, Nathan Bettany, Linda Kemp, Martin Archer and Neil Carver. Also with musicians from further afield such as Neil Brand, Graham Clark and Jim Denley.

He is also a composer and producer of several CD’s published under the name Tantric Doctors.

 

web – https://www.focusedsilence.com/artist/tantric-doctors/

http://dientedesierra.net/releases.htm#DDS003

 
 
 

Mick Beck (tenor saxophone, bassoon)

 
 
 
 
 

Influential in GB since the early 1980s as a powerful thought-provoking tenor player, and from the late 80s a pioneering improvising big band leader (Feet packets). In 1998 he took up the bassoon. He is one of the few to explore its contribution to experimental music using extended techniques with extraordinary results.

His solo album, Life Echoes (Discus 36 CD), is one of the best explorations of the scope of all his major instruments.

In 2013 a documentary film by Jonny Drury about his music, Mick Beck, Rather Different was released, and that is now available as a DVD. Since then he has released 2 further CDs – Beck Hunters (The Hunt is On, Discus 46CD), and Weavels (The Living Puzzle, Discus51CD), both well reviewed.

He is a brilliant soloist, has a variety of small groups with personnel drawn from all over the country. He is also a member of Martin Archer’s free jazz group Engine room Favourites, and the anti-choir Juxtavoices. In all his work he combines musicality with a quirky sense of humour.

Based in Sheffield, he has performed in several European countries, Canada and Australia, and continues to be an influential player on the UK scene.

 

web – https://mickbeckmusic.wordpress.com/

 
 
 
 

Hervé Perez (saxophones)

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Hervé Perez is a composer and improvising musician from France who now lives in England.

He plays saxophones, shakuhachi and laptop in various groups and produces unique music inspired by jazz, contemporary and electroacoustic music, experimental, sound art and sound therapy.

He has released three albums with Inclusion Principle (Discus label) and many recordings in collaboration with artists from around the world, as well as solo work on various netlabels.

Live performances incl. Huddersfield Week of Speakers, Mantis festival Manchester, insubordinations microfestival in Switzerland, Sheffield festival of the Mind, mopomoso at the Vortex London, megapolis and dumbo arts festivals New York, Jazz à Luz, Manchester and Marsden Jazz festival etc.

 

web – http://www.spacers.lowtech.org/herve
sax – http://soundcloud.com/herveperez

 

 





sounding out summer 2018

21 09 2018

cathedral cavecathedral cavecathedral cave

 

 

 

This year started off with a surprise find. Hidden away just outside Wakefield centre, in the midst of a leafy street, this superb building has a welcoming lightness and such inspiring acoustics. St Austin has a calming effect with slightly subdued gentle tones, but quickly, my playing felt fluid and free.

Onto the next series, during a visit that took me from mid-Wales, near the border, to the much loved Snowdonia and the north coast.
Wigmore village church was a pleasant start, with exciting explorations of different musical territories. With each new season, i notice changes in my playing, and with each new location, new stories unfold.

The tracks presented here offer a range of buildings, each with its own architectural style, distinctive sound, and its own character. I hope the music pays tribute to the individual atmosphere of the places i visit. Perhaps some of the highlights may be the recordings from Harlech, during a lunchtime visit. A calm haven in a busy touristic area, bright and light, gently powerful. In Barmouth, a majestic presence at the top of the hill has a stilling effect. The sound is not as wide as one would expect for a building this size, but the wooden interior gives warmth and character.

And finally, it was such a pleasure to visit Gwydir Uchaf chapel again. A small humble interior with deep colours; the painted ceiling and the wooden furniture added richness, and the feel of the place snatched me from the present into a distant past.

High on my list, i really enjoyed visiting the grand, and beautiful Cathedral Cave. This time, i was there in the middle of the day. There was a very different vibe to my previous visits. There were a few people around, but i caught a quiet stretch when i could revisit the immersive feel and get lost in the palpable, thick presence of the place. Diving into the long tails and surround splashes of sounds reflected by the many facets of raw rock. Soft bounces all around, gentle mist hanging in mid air. Single tones gliding slowly across the emptiness. This place always has such a strong effect on me.

This post presents quite a range of locations, unlike others that focus on a particular area, but it is an opportunity to reflect on and listen deeply to the distinctive characters of architectural spaces. I hope you enjoy visiting them with me.

counting steps to happiness
alto saxophone, 04 june 2018
st austin, wakefield

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the space in between
alto saxophone, 04 june 2018
st austin, wakefield

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in the arms of wisdom
alto saxophone, 04 june 2018
st austin, wakefield

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high tide
alto saxophone, 19 august 2018
cathedral cave

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shimmers
alto saxophone, 19 august 2018
cathedral cave

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slow drip
alto saxophone, 19 august 2018
cathedral cave

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rock facets
alto saxophone, 19 august 2018
cathedral cave

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wigmoremuch wenlockmuch wenlockmuch wenlockbarmouthbarmouthbarmouthharlechbarmouthgwydir uchaf chapelgwydir uchaf chapelgwydir uchaf chapel

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circle of angels
alto saxophone, 11 august 2018
gwydir uchaf chapel, llanrwst

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round the labyrinth
alto saxophone, 11 august 2018
gwydir uchaf chapel, llanrwst

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becoming
alto saxophone, 08 august 2018
st tanwgs, harlech

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lantern on the path
alto saxophone, 08 august 2018
st tanwgs, harlech

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net of views
alto saxophone, 08 august 2018
st tanwgs, harlech

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across the water
alto saxophone, 07 august 2018
st johns, barmouth

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flutter of wings
alto saxophone, 07 august 2018
st johns, barmouth

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slow clouds
alto saxophone, 07 august 2018
st johns, barmouth

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blue above
alto saxophone, 05 august 2018
holy trinity, much wenlock

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slanted light
alto saxophone, 05 august 2018
holy trinity, much wenlock

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wanderer
alto saxophone, 05 august 2018
holy trinity, much wenlock

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curtain crease
alto saxophone, 02 august 2018
st james, wigmore

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undergrowth
alto saxophone, 02 august 2018
st james, wigmore

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taking the castle
alto saxophone, 02 august 2018
st james, wigmore

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collaboration with ayse

8 04 2018

 

 

 

 

i met up with my friend ayse recently to talk about doing some more work together, and this got me reminiscing about our previous collaborations. so i thought i’d share some documents of this.

 

when i first contacted ayse, it was after coming across some of her performances around the theme of migration. her dance moves reminded me of energy practices like qi gong or tai chi and there was a definite vibe that i could relate to. very quickly, we found out that we had some common interests and that our practice of mindfulness, meditation as approach and creative output was highly compatible.

 

 

 

so merging the themes of our respective work, we spontaneously and very rapidly took this experimental work to the public.

the first instance, particularly, was visually stunning.

the communication during the performance, listening and close connection really worked.

and i was really amazed by the resulting painting created by ayse’s moves across the canvas.

the contents and ideas behind this project really work together on such an essential level, with the movement leaving a visible mark as metaphor for the deeply transforming experience of migrating to another country and culture.

 

the sounds, at times harsh and jarring, at time lyrical, converse closely with the other layers on the work. gradually, i started to introduce repetitive patterns played over time using circular breathing and this helped introduce a rhythm and pace for the movements, and allowed us to get deeper into the zone.

 

 

 

we had several practice sessions since then, and the underlying understanding and spiritual connection is of course very present.

this is something rather rare. and i am very keen on continuing this collaboration, whatever form it may take.

 

 

ayse has been writing about our project on her blog. check out her comments here.

 

 

 

below are a couple of videos taken of our performances. the recording is a bit rough, but still a good document of the very beginning of this collaboration.

 

ayse also has some videos of a practice session in a really interesting space:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





The Great Flood… new release by Hiss Noise Records

21 02 2018

i’m very pleased to announce the release of an album by the Japanese netlabel Hiss Noise Records.

The Great Flood is a one take improvisation of electroacoustic music recorded in 2007. as you probably noticed, I have been releasing music, selecting significant works that have punctuated my musical development over the years. each new album is in a very different style and conceptual approach to composition (please see the compositions page for other releases). hopefully, there will be many more to come, taking us closer to my recent practice. but for now, I am delighted to see this work made available for public listening.

this piece was recorded at a significant turning point in the development of my electroacoustic work. I had a few years of practice after my first laptop outing during my university years, playing solo, and in many collaborations. this included intensive training, performing improvisations live while I was hosting a radio show on Sheffield live every week for a period of time and later, performing regularly while in France with incredible musicians like my good friend Heddy Boubaker (in duo – see our live in theatre du ring – or in groups like H2C), or with the electro-jazz quartet nobi-nobi
and many others, for example, during the zieu m zic festival (see the chronological database of performances in my website). fresh from the festival in the summer of 2007, I negotiated my way over to Sheffield through disaster zones and amongst severe floods that hit the country at the time.

the album came out of this period of work and experiences. I tried to combine my attraction to minimal material influenced by the unessentialists, the traditional electroacoustic compositions, the noise and improv practices, and the sound therapy which had become part of my working ethos.

I hope you enjoy the journey.

many thanks to yoshinori for his enthusiasm and agreeing to take this work on his label, and for the fitting and very beautiful artwork.

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hervé perez: laptop, field recordings, sound design, processing, electronics – live recording and mastering.

recorded on july 1st 2007 – mastered at nexttime studios

This recording is an improvisation performed with laptop. the sound materials comprise field recordings, sound design, live processing and electronics.
Field recordings feature sounds from the five elements, and are processed to highlight musical and vibrational qualities inherent in the elements. Location recordings also present a range of soundscapes of both natural and constructed environments, architecture and architectural spaces, all focusing on the principle of resonance.

The piece was performed during a time of great floods that hit the entire country and reflects on our complex relationship with the environment. The problem of climate change is ever more relevant today and this is reflected in the interaction between sounds natural and industrial, recorded and electronically produced.
The titles further this theme in reflecting on the very basic act of perception, our interpretation of what reality is and how we position ourselves in relation to it; The inner and outer realities as they come into contact.

 

 

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