Bela Emerson & Hervé Perez duo
Cello, alto saxophone, laptop, electronics.
Bela and Hervé met at Buddhafield Festival in the summer of 2019. After a very brief musical encounter in the middle of a field amidst sun and wind, the duo realised that they had to play again, and involve their passion for improvisation with acoustic instruments and electronics.
Both experienced improvisers have performed for many years across the UK and Europe. As a duo, they are able to merge fluidly gestural, textural and melodic phrases, with great ease and near telepathic communication
Bela Emerson is an innovative cellist who uses electronic processing to compose in the moment. She has toured worldwide and performed collaborative residencies at Sydney Opera House and Royal Festival Hall, as well as being commissioned by BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction as a solo performer, playing four John Peel sessions for BBC Radio 1, and releasing four solo albums to date.
Her artist CV includes a wide range of collaborations: with artists such as acrobats Mimbre, filmmaker Tereza Buskova, musicians Sarah Angliss and Stephen Hiscock, and comedians Tamsin Greig and Rory Bremner (commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and the BFI).
Bela also works extensively as a community music facilitator with Open Strings Music and in healthcare settings with Wishing Well, using music as a tool for connection, creativity, and wellbeing, as well as training people at Goldsmiths in using relational music-making for dementia.
Hervé Perez: 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. His latest album, Imploding Stars (Focused Silence, 2019) features solo saxophone and live processing.
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 (Full of Noises, Manchester Jazz Festival, Lancaster Jazz Festival).
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 Marsden and Lancaster Jazz festival, Full of Noises, etc.
Dystopian pop, disorientating noises, corporate video testimonials
Originally from Dublin, Meljoann produces experimental electronic pop. In her latest single ‘Assfuck the Boss’, she explores the “stockholm syndrome of the employed”. Her sound has been described as “like a long-lost soul-pop album from the mid-1990s as remixed by Aphex Twin” (Eamon de Paor, Metro Herald)
Field recordings and miscellaneous electronics
Adam Wimbush’s solo project Ascsoms is an evolving sound world formed from a semi-generative system of analogue and lo-fi equipment, tape players, loopers, field recordings, miscellaneous electronics and a rotating cast of effects pedals. His recent experiments explore layering and signal routing. These morphing environments, often dense and full of texture, feed into further productions – creating an ongoing experiment in sonic reproduction and reprocessing.
He is a keen collaborator, a member of Thee Electric Spotchworms Tape Orchestra and half of sound effects duo Electronic Sound Pictures Visit https://ascsoms.bandcamp.com and https://soundcloud.com/ascsoms for more info and follow at @ascsoms on instagram and facebook
Thursday 5th March 2020 | 8pm – 10.30pm | £5
Downstairs @ The Rossi Bar
8 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA