Naomi Perera redefines the expectations of flute performance, exploring the unknown and pushing audiences to challenge their assumptions of what ‘correct’ performance is. This sense of adventure and exploration of the unknown is directly translated into her music, which is characterized by risk and improvisatory flair.
“imaginative, improvised flute…I’m utterly captivated” (scruffytheory)
Perera’s “virtuoso flute playing” (Eighth Day Magazine) has been witnessed extensively throughout the UK and Europe, in venues from warehouses to galleries, and collaborated with composers, orchestras and bands. Her music is improvisatory and incorporates electronics and extended techniques, but her performances are designed to be informal and accessible.
“Naomi Perera giving us the full nine progressive yards” (Tom Robinson – BBC6music)
She is passionate about collaboration and has worked with many non-musicians, including dancers, nuclear physicists and live film artists. She has received funding from the SoVoT network for her ongoing interdisciplinary project The Atomic Flute, done residencies with Opera North and The StreetLife Hub, taken part in arts council funded collaborative dance and music projects, and developed her own immersive production combining flute, electronics and live video, developed in Amsterdam.
“alluringly unstable…fascinating” (Icareifyoulisten)
She is currently undertaking a PhD by Performance at the University of York where her research focuses on exploring alternative context performances.
“all hail Naomi Perera’s playing on this track…spectacular” (Joyzine)