Naomi Perera spent her early adult years living across China, Spain and Sri Lanka before returning back home to the UK. This sense of adventure and exploration of the unknown directly translates into her artistic endeavours, with her music characterised by risk and improvisatory flair.
“Naomi Perera giving us the full nine progressive yards” (Tom Robinson – BBC 6music)
Perera’s “virtuoso flute playing” (Eighth Day Magazine) has been witnessed extensively throughout the UK and Europe, supporting the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Gogol Bordello, Dreadzone and British Sea Power. She has also played with a wide range of artists including members of Hawkwind, Leicester Philharmonic Orchestra and Matt Bourne.
In her solo work Perera pushes the boundaries of the flute through unexpected extended techniques; channelling the noise of gushing wind, percussive beats and atmospheric bamboo/whistle tones with an ease and informality that is infectious. She enhances this further through electronics and pedal work, bringing an experimental sonic trajectory to her work that carefully straddles the line between accessible and avante garde.
“It is always a delight to hear something fresh and engaging while maintaining masterful aristry… energetic tunes filled with exquisite flute sounds” (Moof Magazine)
Perera also spends considerable time performing with a range of other artists. This ranges from touring with her cosmic/psychedelic/dance band GU-RU to funded cross-discipline collaborations with lighting, tech and art professionals.
During her time spent studying for her Bachelors of Music at University of Birmingham and Masters of Creative Musicianship at Leeds College of Music, Perera’s research has largely focused on music accessibility. This work has looked at how contemporary music can be informalized and performed in less traditional venues to wider audiences. This disruption of orthodoxy and rejection of the notion that ‘niche music is for niche audiences’ is what drives her future artistic ventures.