Milarepa

8 07 2019

this collaboration keeps developing and reaching new heights. the lastest performance is an epic journey through the stories and songs of milarepa, a key figure in tibetan buddhism. i hope it is only part one of a series, and this time we focused on the stories of milarepa taming demons and teaching the Dharma at every opportunity.
this is an mazing text, here translated and performed by my good friend suvarnagarbha.
the full performance is posted on mixcloud. it is 1h41mins long, but is well worth settling down for, and getting immersed in this fantastic world.

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the Jack Hylton room

31 05 2019

 

 

 

while rehearsing with maja and adam in lancaster, there was a steinway grand in the room, and could not help have a play. i stayed behind to practice my saxophone but instead did some recordings.

hitting just one note sounds fantastic in the resonance of the room. i could have listened to clusters of tones, sustain and interact in the tail off, for hours on end.

fortunately, i had my pocket size zoom H2n with me, and decided to record a Sounding Out style improvisation on piano and then sax.

while playing, it occurred to me i should put the two together to see what happens. i placed the two files on the timeline so the beginning of each recordings would be in sync and listened to the mix…

i had to cut out a few bits, like a the ubiquitous hand claps for impulse response at the beginning (this is why the sax starts later) or a pause in between takes etc. but making sure the two files retain the same timing.

 

 

 

this is the result of mixing together two pieces, recorded independently but in the same space:

 

every other step
improvisations recorded back to back then synced together from start of file
hylton room, lancaster university
alto saxophone and piano, 03 may 2019

 

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drops and ripples
improvisations recorded back to back then synced together from start of file
hylton room, lancaster university
alto saxophone and piano, 03 may 2019

 

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sounding out herefordshire 2019

21 05 2019




 

during a visit into wales, which included working outside in a garden, digging soil and chopping wood, i had a break from activities and visited one of my favourite places in the area, dore abbey. i got to play in this wonderful space on two separate occasions and managed to get enough material in between visitors. the second day was quieter and i could get deeper into the vibe. i am very pleased to hear, when listening back, that my research is gradually merging into my playing. the harmonic work that supports the melodic narrative of my improvisations keeps getting more intricate and interesting while remaining accessible.

this post features a couple more locations, both visited on the same day. the spaces are similar sizes and yet the mood inspired music that is varied. in skenfrith, the faster flowing and brighter tone brought out angular playing. while garway seemed to inspire a contemporary sparseness and a gentler touch.

there is also a short interlude, in between the two recordings of dore abbey, on 2.4 shakuhachi in the welsh small church of st gastyn’s.

i hope you enjoy listening to the tracks in this post. more recordings in this series can be found under the category ‘sounding out’.

 

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opening time
alto saxophone, 11 march 2019
dore abbey

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in conversation with space
alto saxophone, 11 march 2019
dore abbey

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vestiges of verticality
alto saxophone, 11 march 2019
dore abbey

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duality
2.4 shakuhachi, 12 march 2019
st gastyn’s church, llangasty

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venturing the windings
alto saxophone, 13 march 2019
dore abbey

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golden vales
alto saxophone, 13 march 2019
dore abbey

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a slow climb ahead
alto saxophone, 13 march 2019
dore abbey

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suddenly it all makes sense
alto saxophone, 14 march 2019
st bridget’s church, skenfrith

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surface tension
alto saxophone, 14 march 2019
st bridget’s church, skenfrith

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coloured squares
alto saxophone, 14 march 2019
st bridget’s church, skenfrith

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stratum
alto saxophone, 14 march 2019
st michael’s church, garway

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multiphonos
alto saxophone, 14 march 2019
st michael’s church, garway

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mechanisms invertum
alto saxophone, 14 march 2019
st michael’s church, garway

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Imploding Stars

11 05 2019

Imploding Stars is a series of improvisations on soprano saxophone with live processing, using a range of plug-ins to manipulate the sound of the saxophone, cut fragments and explode them into nebulae of sounds.

The work on the saxophone is mostly extended techniques, sounds peripheral to the instrument; and although some notes can be heard at times, most of the noises you’ll hear from the saxophone is stripped down to the basis of breath and some overtones.

This essential material of breath becomes metaphorical for the most essential material that exists; and ensues a series of pieces with a common theme around space, the universe. So as my first solo CD, the process of recording this becomes an act of creation with the breath as its beginning.

Out of emptiness, vibrations. Then particles of sounds are created and the rest is history. The album takes you through world systems and different universes, some more or less populated and dense, some very minimal. Each track has a different approach and treatment of the sax, and I hope you’ll find that is a sonic treat with surprising variations along the way.

I am very grateful to Andy at Focused Silence who supported me with this release. You can listen to tracks on bandcamp, while the CD is available from the label’s website.


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Garside Hunter Perez Trio EPK

3 04 2019

 

Gus Garside – double bass
Johnny Hunter – drums
Hervé Perez – saxophone

 

 

This bass drums and sax trio of experienced jazz improvisers play free flowing contemporary jazz with a distinctly reflective European feel. Each musician brings in a range of influences: Hervé’s work as a site specific, electroacoustic sound artist, underpinned with Gus’ concentrations on improvisation and contemporary composition and by Johnny’s accomplished jazz technique. They veer between fluid free play to more contemplative material, blending melody with extended techniques, an elaborate sense of harmony and rhythm that feeds the demands of both jazz enthusiasts and contemporary music lovers.

 

contact: hervé

nexttimerv@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Biography

 

Gus Garside – double bass

I have worked in a variety of musical settings – jazz, contemporary music, rock, cabaret, dance, theatre and, most importantly, improvised music.

I perform in a number of regular groups and one off projects as well as occasionally performing solo.  I often use electronics and occasionally voice. I have enjoyed working with dancers, visual artists and films.

I also create structured improvisational compositions including The Star Field, The Sleepwalkers (featuring 10 of the leading improvising string players in the UK) and Collective Stories (a commission in Quebec with Grand Groupe Régional d’Improvisation Libérée).

I am part of the Brighton Safehouse collective, a collective of local improvising performers, which is now in its 13th year.

I’m also the national coordinator for Creative Minds, a project led by learning disabled artists and performers who wish to take their rightful place in the wider arts world.

gusgarside.wordpress.com

“… where he differs from the average jazz bassist is in the range of sonorities he conjures from his instrument” Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD.
“… a cornerstone of the Brighton’s improvised music scene” Jazz on BBC Radio 3
“… the audience were mesmerised by Garside’s dexterous flair, humble mastery and radical subversion” Kyle McAllum, Extra normal

Johnny Hunter – drums

Johnny Hunter is a northern UK-based drummer and composer who comes from a background of both the Avant-Garde and the more mainstream Jazz.

His own “chordless” quartet, set up to explore the freedom and limitations of having no chordal instrument, have been recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio 3, and have performed across the country in notable venues such as London’s Ronnie Scott’s, the Manchester Jazz Festival, Birmingham Jazzlines at Symphony Hall, Liverpool International Jazz Festival, among many others.

He also leads the piano trio Fragments, formed to research and develop new approaches to improvising and composing for improvisers, has written works for various other ensembles (Pale Blue Dot, Backlash, Manchester Jazz Collective).

Johnny performs across the UK in many other groups including with Misha Gray’s Prehistoric Jazz Quintet, Cath Roberts’s Sloth Racket; The Spirit Farm, John Pope Quintet, Nat Birchall, Engine Room Favourites, the Blind Monk Trio, Word of Moth, Beck Hunters, the Dub Jazz Soundsystem, Skamel.

johnnyhuntermusic.com

 

Hervé Perez – saxophone

Artist, composer and improvising musician from France who now lives in England.

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

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

Hervé has worked as sound recordist and sound designer on a number of short films, and is currently carrying out residencies doing location recordings and concerts with Maja Bugge’s Northern.

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, Full of Noises, etc.

                   

http://www.spacers.lowtech.org/herve

sndsukinspook.wordpress.com

                                                                                                                                                                

 

 

 





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

on mixcloud:





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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