hervé perez

is a sound and visual artist, improviser, composer.

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improviser, sound and visual artist, hervé performs spontaneous compositions with saxophones and laptop, using processed field recordings. his work is influenced by practices such as jazz, electro-acoustic, contemporary music, experimental electronics, free improvisation, immersive sound art and techniques of sound therapy.

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

hervé works in sound design, sound recording and editing, post-production, mastering and composition, sound art and installation as well as performance which remains his main focus.

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.

hervé’s use of field recordings is concerned with frequencies and harmonic relationships found in nature. how they relate to the real, physical world, and how the sounds of natural elements connect to our experience.

playing the saxophone, hervé focuses on extended techniques and abstract peripheral sounds structural to the instrument as a physical resonant object – although he has been known to play melodies at times…

‘sounding out’, one of his current projects, is an exploration of architecture, outdoor acoustics and sacred sites. these recordings are documents of in situ improvisations, inspired by the spirit and the special characteristics of a location.

further work in sound design, music for film/video:

rain (dir. carla mackinnon), cellotape (dir. aitor gutierrez), henri & may (dir. sally pierce)

sound art and video installation:

the pursuit of happiness (arsenal gallery, poznan), catalyst (bank street arts, sheffield),  one square foot (mile end art pavilion, london).

photography and graphic design.


greatly interested in collaboration, hervé has performed with musicians and dancers whose practice is immersed in free improvisation,
closely working with mick beck (sax, bassoon), martin archer (winds, electronics), peter fairclough (drums), philip thomas (piano), jez riley-french (el.), shaun blezzard (electronics), ian simpson (electronics, guitar), charlie collins (vibraphone, drums and percussions),  constantin popp (live processing, diffusion), adam woolf (piano), mark sanders (drums), aysegul balkose (dance, paint) etc. in the UK
and also michel doneda (sop sax), jonas kocher (accordion), simon berz (dr, electro), christian muller (electro), rodolphe loubatiere (dr), d’incise (electro, objects), cyril bondi (dr), heddy boubaker (alto and bass sax), sebastien  cirotteau (trumpet, electronics), andré darius (ebass), cia barbet (dance), anastasia hvan (dance), joe formanek (dr, el), roger mills (trumpet, el), henri herteman (p, trombone), guy bayssac (dr), marin beranger (p), mark alban lotz (fl) in Europe.



current projects:

sounding out – explorations of outdoor acoustics, sacred sites with the saxophone, investigating the nature of space and architecture, natural topography.

solo electroacoustic performances / listening meditations

“inclusion principle”, duo with martin archer (discus label) and guests – electroacoustic improvisations with laptops, winds, objects

“tri_an_gle trio” acoustic jazz improv with maria kalnars (piano) and ian robinson (double bass)

“northern” audio visual improvisation exploring a sense of place with maja bugge and adam york gregory – cello, field recordings and video projections

various collaborations / free improvisation

“beck woolf perez trio” free jazz with mick beck and adam woolf – piano and saxophones

“hornweb” martin archer’s all saxophones group

“nada” duo with roger mills

room harmonics – experimental recording technique using sound to represent architecture and spatial relationships


international collaborations:

ethernet orchestra (live online improvisations: http://ethernetorchestra.netpraxis.net)

andré d. and christophe meulien – france (http://www.nowaki-music.org/#album162)

wilhelm matthies – usa (https://wilhelmmatthies.bandcamp.com/album/moving-through-dimensions)

alexandru hegyesi – romania (http://archive.org/details/WindsOfChangeem124)

jesse ricke – usa (http://megapolisfestival.org/blargh/nyc-2013/artists/#graphic)

mehata hiroshi – japan (https://herveperez-mehatasentimentallegend.bandcamp.com/album/shiki)

andré d. – france ( https://thebridge-perezdarius.bandcamp.com/)



soprano and alto saxophones, shakuhachi, laptop (field recordings, sound design, live processing), prepared guitar, meditation bowls, objects and small percussion



nexttime production releases:


main website:


video work and documentation:



nexttime releases:


acoustic sax:


electroacoustic music:



photographs for promoters:




One response

9 10 2011

Wonderful and very interesting work.

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