sounding out 2019

18 10 2019




 

 

This new series is a selection of recordings from places i visited between spring and early summer 2019.

It all begins with the discovery of a tunnel with incredible acoustic properties. The slightest sound echoes against the walls and along the length of it – which is significant. This marks also the return of the old soprano which i have not used much lately because it is in a rather poor state. It is still fun to revisit my first love though, and even if the recordings are somewhat imperfect, they reflect the jow of meeting the instrument again. Recordings like East Witton and the majestic Newby are such.

This section is followed by a number of places in Northumberland, each with its own acoustics, its own mood and of course inspired very different musical adventures. There are some really significant moments here inspired by such places and also reflecting on my use of musical systems based around symmetry. Blanchland Abbey is a very interesting building, but i was also inspired by places where the architecture was not as stricking perhaps, but had a special feel all the same.

The third part finds two location in herefordshire where i stopped on the way to wales. Once again, this selection may not be the grand acoustics i have explored in the past, but present much interest and allow for a wider range of playing and atmospheres.

i hope you enjoy listening to these explorations. And the search continues.

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watching ripples
soprano saxophone, 21 april 2019
thurgoland tunnel

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the crane
2.4 shakuhachi, 21 april 2019
thurgoland tunnel

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points, line and weave
soprano saxophone, 15 may 2019
east witton church

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slight side entanglement
soprano saxophone, 15 may 2019
east witton church

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do the pollock
soprano saxophone, 16 may 2019
newby church

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steps into the wild
alto saxophone, 10 july 2019
st mary, barnard castle

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deepening the search
alto saxophone, 10 july 2019
st mary, barnard castle

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stone bridge
alto saxophone, 11 july 2019
blanchland abbey

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birds over breeze
alto saxophone, 11 july 2019
blanchland abbey

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leaves swirl
alto saxophone, 11 july 2019
blanchland abbey

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sermoned by snakes
alto saxophone, 11 july 2019
holy cross church, haltwhistle

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path of multiplicity
alto saxophone, 12 july 2019
st peter church, humshaugh

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evening balm
alto saxophone, 12 july 2019
st peter church, humshaugh

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étirement temporaire
alto saxophone, 12 july 2019
st peter church, humshaugh

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into the ring
alto saxophone, 11 august 2019
st john the baptist, bishops castle

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secret passage
alto saxophone, 11 august 2019
st john the baptist, bishops castle

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brief advance
alto saxophone, 13 august 2019
st mary’s, kington

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crossing steel
alto saxophone, 13 august 2019
st mary’s, kington

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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 amazing 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
“An excellent and ingenuous musician Perez is an authentic master of his instruments, which he builds into sequences of impure electroacoustic processing then allowing himself episodes of sparse noise and endless ventures into the almost inaudible.”
Giuseppe Aiello, Blow Up 05.19

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: