French summer festival and more gigs

14 10 2015

Following on from the previous post featuring sets of live improvisation in Jazz à Luz, here are another few videos shot during the summer i spent in the south of France.

I was invited to participate during the first edition of Festival La Poutre, near Toulouse. Short but sweet, crammed with brilliant acts and musicians, this very friendly and laidback event was like a bowl of fresh air. Of course, many interesting exchanges ensued. below is a couple of documents of a meeting with trumpet player and artist Rodriguez Walkind.

 

Festival La Poutre – the deck

 

Festival La Poutre – in the trees

 

These videos are made up of whatever footage i had. a lot of it is not sync, to make up for the gaps… still, a cool document of a significant first encounter.

 

The following videos have better footage and were filmed through two sets at the Pizzeria Bellefort in Toulouse where they have a regular programme of improvisation.

Cool wine cellar and free pizza, we had a real blast playing there. Heddy surprised us by inviting the brilliant flautist from Amsterdam Mark Alban Lotz to join mr Boubaker on bass, Guy Bayssac on drums and myself on alto.

i am very pleased to have played with such an amazing bunch. great times…

 

 

the first set was a duo with guy bayssac aka ‘canard’. such a pleasure to meet again.

 

 

as usual, the audio from all the above videos, and much more, is available from my website. see the improv section for various collaborations:

 www.spacers.lowtech.org/herve

 

there is more footage coming this way with guy bayssac and another surprise guest shot in café burgaud. so keep your eyes peeled or head for my vimeo page…





Private Art Exposé

15 11 2014

First event of a new cross-platform collaboration. A unique blend of sound, movement and painting.

The collaboration evolved out of a conversation on deep listening. What attracted me to Ayse’s work is that the focus is not the work itself, the product, but rather the approach and process involved.

The movements are as much dance as they are martial arts forms. And indeed, the mind frame is inevitably one of mindfulness, which for me is central to improvisation.

Similarly, the painting is not so much a desire to create visual art but instead it is merely a mark, a trace left by movements. This really is going back to the root and original purpose of art, starting with the first cave paintings that were just this: leaving a mark.

So, it seems to me that everything is this work is essential. We never discussed any intention. Or aesthetic. Certainly not a desire to produce a commodity. The final work is simply a pure expression of being – in the moment. What is left is a documentation of what happened. The trail of our journey. Traces of our passage.

Private Art Exposé 08 October 2014
Ayşegül Balköse – dance and painting
Hervé Perez – alto saxophone
live improvisation in the old science school, sheffield

Thanks a lot to our hosts and friends…

Private Art Exposé from hervé perez on Vimeo.

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collaboration with joe formanek

22 08 2014

i have been working with drummer extraordinaire joe formanek for a while. the collaboration started as file sharing when joe sent me a series of sketches for which i recorded saxophone and did some processing. joe then reworked the compositions and arrangements and did a series of really cool tracks.

you can hear some examples here:

 

 

more recently, we met in person and recorded extensively over a week. we have a lot of material to work through and we are very excited by the results. meeting was very constructive and playing was easy from the start. joe is a great drummer and improviser and we just seemed to be on the same wavelength. sure enough, some of this work will surface on the net soon.

to finish beautifully this period of creation, we paid a visit to the elm collective down in bristol. we had a few recording sessions there and played a concert organised by ‘uberphonic presents’.

luckily, james (from elm records) very kindly filmed sections of our duo with joe. and with the camera joe had set up, we ended up with a good documentation of the event. so here are some edits from the duo. the sound is a bit rough, but you’ll get a pretty good idea of how it went down…

enjoy joe’s project ‘mirror shards’ with hervé perez on alto sax and joe formanek on drumset and live processing.

 

part 1

joe formanek and hervé perez live – mirror shards pt1 from hervé perez on Vimeo.

 

part 2

joe formanek and hervé perez live – mirror shards pt2 from hervé perez on Vimeo.

Hervé Perez (alto sax) with Joe Formanek (drums, electronics).
Uberphonic Presents this concert series at the Golden Lion, Bristol, 06 august 2014

 

you can hear the whole concert here:

 

 

thanks to james for the warm welcome and the elm collective for great music and setting up this gig for us.





sound and image

21 08 2014

here are some videos i made to go with saxophone recordings. i wanted to explore natural elements and landscapes, some of the things that inspire my playing and sound design. but in this case, the audio i used is completely acoustic using natural reverb. these are from my series sounding out.

some of the footage is slowed down to achieve a contemplative mood, to the extent that one is unsure whether it is a still or a moving image. on another piece, i layered water footage, experimenting with various combinations, with the idea of echoing the multiphonic techniques of the saxophone – nearly representing a visual interpretation of what sound could look like.

once again, the video pieces were edited separately and then sound (which was recorded previously) added to it. there is no intention to cut images to sound like a music video. the interaction between the two is down to chance and may appear random, if there is such a thing. however, i find such chance ‘encounters’ – moments of convergence and synchronicity – fascinating. but in the end, when bringing water and sound together, both waves, there is little risk. perhaps the mind searches for connections, recognisable patterns. and perhaps the result just happens to work…

 

 

sweet solitude [sounding out ilam church] from hervé perez on Vimeo.

 

setting sun [sounding out ilam church] from hervé perez on Vimeo.

 

wind over bealach [sounding out clachan church] from hervé perez on Vimeo.

 

 





Thor’s cave – coda

20 03 2011

sounding out the peak district.

by now, all sense of self has dissolved. i am immersed in the raw energy of the place. sounds flow out in the light. there is no style, no scale, no tuning, no wish…

Thor’s cave – coda from sndsukinspook on Vimeo.

Thor’s cave – coda

hervé perez, soprano saxophone, may 2009





thor’s cave – soaring

20 03 2011

sounding out the peak district.

and my favourite… beating hi tones out of the ear drums. raw.

Thor’s cave – soaring

hervé perez, soprano saxophone, may 2009





Thor’s cave – follow suit

20 03 2011

sounding out the peak district.

following on from the previous post, this piece was recorded on the same day. slowly becoming acquainted with the place. entering its sound with respect. by the end of the day, the area was becoming quieter. the sun was nearly setting and the atmosphere was just majestic.

thor’s cave – follow suit from sndsukinspook on Vimeo.

Thor’s cave – follow suit

hervé perez, soprano saxophone, may 2009