Rich Perks | Guitar Tutor | ICMP London

Dr. Rich Perks is a guitarist, composer and academic based in London.  He has extensive live, studio, and theatre experience in the commercial industry. He has toured internationally with many accomplished artists and continues to be in great demand as a session guitarist. His debut solo album Imposition was released in 2009 and received critical acclaim. He has also worked with many contemporary music ensembles, predominantly playing fretless electric guitar.

He has a PhD from Brunel University specialising in the accommodation of improvisation within compositional frameworks. Prior to this he was awarded a Masters Degree in Contemporary Music from Brunel University, a First Class Bachelors Degree in Popular Music Performance from the internationally acclaimed Guitar Institute in London and a First Class Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from the University of Southampton.

Rich has performed extensively throughout the UK, Europe, North America, and the Middle East (including performances at Montreux Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, Eldfesten, Dunestock, Le Grand Sport, New Morning, The Mod Club, The El Rey Theatre, and the Shepherd’s Bush Empire). Theatre credits include productions of We Will Rock You, Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, Dirty Dancing, The Rocky Horror Show, Mamma Mia, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, and Our House.

His current research focuses on combining through-written composed material with elements of improvisation; as well as exploring the possibilities of the fretless electric guitar. His work engages newly commissioned performance repertoire; the development of new techniques and original notation; working alongside composers; improvisation; and cross-cultural collaborations through performing modern hybrid-embodiments of music(s) which utilise microtonal tuning systems.

In 2017 Rich was commissioned by Diaspora Arts Connection to lead a collaborative World music performance project in San Fransisco (US) entitled Strung Together . In 2019 he was awarded a research scholarship enabling him to travel to Istanbul to exchange ideas with Prof. Dr. Tolgahan Çoǧulu concerning microtones and their application in guitar performance; as well as study privately with fretless guitar master Cenk Erdoǧan.

As well as working as a session guitarist, he regularly performs with his improvisation based group vLookup Trio, The Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra, and a variety of eclectic World music ensembles.

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