Rich Perks

As a both a guitarist and composer Rich exhibits a keen interest in anything unusual, progressive and innovative. As well as being an active gigging musician, he is currently studying for his PhD at Brunel University where he specialises in constructing compositional methodologies for improvising musicians.

Rich started playing guitar at the age of twelve and after being in several rock covers bands at school and college, performing in a variety of clubs and pubs up and down the country, Rich moved to Southampton to study Mathematics. During this time he held the guitarist chair in the Southampton University Jazz Orchestra (SUJO) for three years, playing venues all over the UK as well as at the North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), plus several dates at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland). In his final year in SUJO, Rich was elected as band President and composed and arranged several pieces for their repertoire. Throughout this period Rich studied privately with Dave Marchant.

After graduating from Southampton in the summer of 2003, Rich moved back to London and joined the 'power-funk' outfit Monsterhorns as well as several function bands, with which he performed many gigs around London. In the autumn of that year Rich enrolled at the Guitar Institute, on the degree programme, to study his instrument further under Shaun Baxter (The Shaun Baxter Band/ Carl Palmer band) and Iain Scott (Frank Gambale/ Afterburner), where he graduated in June 2006. It was through studying an array of improvising styles, as well as composition, that Rich developed his interest in the amalgamation of different idioms and methodologies within abstract contemporary musical contexts. At this time, Rich was performing as a guitarist with several bands and played at many venues around London including Bush Hall and the Shepards Bush Empire.

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Education Rich is currently studying for his PhD at Brunel University, specialising in composition and improvisation. Prior to this he was awarded a Masters Degree in Contemporary Music from Brunel University, a First Class Bachelors Degree in Music from the internationally acclaimed Guitar Institute (affiliated with Thames Valley University and the London College of Music and Media) and a First Class Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from Southampton University. Other music qualifications include Grade 8 Electric Guitar and Grade 8 Electric Bass (Trinity college of Music/Rockschool) and Grade 8 Music Theory (ABRSM)

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