Thursday, 7 July 2022

Her Ensemble ft. Bishi

I had the great pleasure of photographing Her Ensemble recently. Formed by violinist Ellie Consta, they are the UK's first women and non-binary string orchestra creating stunning performances. This one featuring wonderful Bishi with lighting design by Belinda Best.
































Nevertheless She Persisted
Village Underground
54 Holywell Lane
London
EC2A 3PQ

Saturday 2 July, 2022


Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Artificial Intelligence



Written & performed by Gaynor Perry
Produced & performed by Noko 440

Mixed by Noko 440
Mastered by Cass Irvine

Gaynor - voice, piano, strings
Noko - voice, guitar, cimbalom, viola, percussion & synthesizer

Film, photography & concept - Gaynor Perry
Excerpt features Grethe Mangala Jensen & Digby





Thursday, 11 November 2021

Where Is The Music?






Cover painting: We Set Sail (see Golden Colloquy)





Where Is The Music?


Diamond John 
left his favourite book for Norman
and his ancient juke box.
His ancient juke box.

He was on a cliff edge 
chasing hawks for so long.
Cast in bronze 
by the setting sun.

Maybe a spell could release him
from all the vagaries of the heart.
Maybe a spell could release him
from all the wanderings in the dark.

Where is the music?
Is it in the sky, or in the way you smile?
Is it in the golden light?

Where is the music?





written, performed & produced by ℗ © Gaynor Perry 











Thursday, 29 April 2021

Golden Colloquy



Gaynor Perry

She spoke with fingers unwound





Gaynor Perry

My rooms are dusty





Gaynor Perry

Vessel






Seed sower implanting a memory





Gaynor Perry

Home is a hearth






We set sail






Our colloquy






Giant



In this series, Golden Colloquy, each painting illustrates a poem and depicts a dialogue with the subconscious. Entered into through altered states of consciousness: lucid dreaming or astral projection. The titles are lines from the poems. Each painting 30 x 30 cm, oil on board.
 
 This series is ongoing.









Tuesday, 16 March 2021

How Shall I Get Elephants To Stay?

I’ve made an audio version of my book of dreams. This is an experimental album of narrated dream stories set to atmospheric musical scores.

We are all flexing our cores in this beautiful, precarious world. I would like to share with you my perceptions. Or rather, how I have listened to my soul speaking to me in the language of dreams. 

I am joined in these recordings by the voices of my creative sisters, who have brought these texts to life in ways I could not have imagined. I’m full of gratitude for their spirited, thoughtful and compassionate readings. 

During sleep the body and mind repairs itself in order to thrive. It is a time for restoration where essential truths are revealed in the realm of dreams, engaging with all the senses. In dreams, perception of time and space defies scientific laws. There are no rules in these surreal vistas, only an invitation to explore, untethered, and learn the true nature of our fears and desires. 

Throughout history a reverence for the power and meaning of dreams has shaped civilisations.  They provide us with a potent awareness of ourselves and our bearing in the world. 

We sleep. We dream.

Words, music, production & concept by Gaynor Perry.

Flute: Sarah Anne Robins (tracks 2 & 29) 
Violin: Noel Vine (track 13) 
Clarinet: Robert Schuck (track 13) 
Organ: Jessica Lauren (track 10) 
Whistling: Noko 440 (track 15) 

Mastered by Brian Lucey (except 31) Simon Gibson (track 31) 

Cover art & photography by Gaynor Perry 


The Narrators (image below):







My intention in creating this work is to transcribe stories delivered in the dream state directly from the subconscious. And to describe these sensory experiences musically; creating richly atmospheric landscapes through which the intangible and ephemeral can be manifested. The aim is to provide anecdotal evidence of the innate intelligence residing within each one of us; that guides and heals us through our lifetime. 

The dreams conveyed in this body of work were harvested over a period of three years and many highlight to me areas of unresolved emotional trauma; experiences that are difficult to understand and process. The dreams provide me with a lens through which to assimilate these experiences into my being. I have endeavoured to write frank and literal accounts of what I saw, felt and heard. The dreams are calibrated by my subconscious to provide me with the insight and sensory discharge required to maintain equilibrium in order to thrive.

I am presenting this intimate body of work for public display as I would like to share my experiences of communicating with self. I believe this is the truest bond we can attain, and one which is so often dissociated. I believe the information from the subconscious mind is the most pertinent information available to us. 







Saturday, 12 September 2020

Agatha's Secret





I produced this animation using the black and white gouache paintings from my Encephalic Cleansing series.  The individual frames were created using layers in Photoshop, which were then imported into iMovie.

Animation & Music 
written, performed, produced & mixed by © ℗ Gaynor Perry
Mastered by Magic Garden







The beginning of the song and first few lines were heard in a dream. I recalled the atmosphere clearly when I awoke and translated what I perceived  musically as a starting point for this piece. I also dreamed about a magical silver dress.

The Harridan






Agatha’s secret, Agatha Agatha, Agatha’s secret of arty winning claim

I’ve seen you walking, I’ve seen you wearing a silver dress
He held you in the snicket that’s when you became a storm
You're the entity next door

Confusing, as it’s still light here
Happenings that suffuse darkness
I'd been traversing the rockery earlier that day

Come out to play with innocence and sunshine
Watching the swifts dart about on the breeze
And in your head a prisoner held hostage
By an aspect of you that can’t let go

Agatha’s secret, Agatha Agatha, Agatha’s secret of arty winning claim
Take your hands off the wheel

I’ve seen you walking, I’ve seen you wearing that silver dress
You were fun at three, dead to the world at nine, lost in bluebell woods

Escape the glare of the harridan living on top of you
Wrap yourself up in beetles, imagine what they will do

You’re pulling through the chaos and confusion
Watching the swifts dart about on the breeze
In your heart someone else’s sadness - they put it in you

Agatha’s secret, Agatha Agatha, Agatha’s secret of arty winning claim
Let the sunshine through













Wednesday, 22 April 2020

The Unbelievable Truth




This song is the result of encounters I had in the dream state, which is a very real place for me. As ever, I aspire to manifest the subconscious realm by conjuring the essence of my inner life through the medium of music.








The Unbelievable Truth


I found them painting clouds, they said it was easy
Then I was laying down, I was having the time of my life
Listening to the owls

I watched you get undressed, your body is a space gate
How many times did I take my face off?
It may not meld back on

There's an owl on the roof beckoning to me
Goddess of the trees
Reach out for what you love, it's reaching back for you
It's the unbelievable truth

We try to resist, civil unrest at our fingertips
You know, people live life times the way you sleep
Come to in my arms, come to

There's an owl on the roof beckoning to me
Goddess of the trees
Reach out for what you love, it's reaching back for you
It's the unbelievable truth



written, performed, produced  & mixed by ℗ © Gaynor Perry
Mastered by Magic Garden






Elizabeth



To discern the precinct of truth, it is essential to nurture a fluent dialogue with the subconscious. By developing a keen awareness of intuitive feelings, a curiosity and belief in the imagery and sensory episodes delivered in the dream state, one can discover an authentic affinity with the world.