Norman Perryman


For over forty-five years Norman Perryman has been pioneering a unique art form as a performing artist. He creates kinetic paintings to music – live in concert. As he paints on multiple overhead projectors, the audience can watch the evolution and dissolution of his fluid images on a giant screen. These semi-abstract images are keyed to the ideas and feelings of the music, enrich the musical experience and touch people deeply. The colours have a sensual, organic quality as his brushes cause them to flow, pulsate or explode, synchronized to the music. This is a sensational experience in synaesthesia (a sensory cross-over where you see colours to music or vice-versa).

Performing with Royal Concertgebouw 2010 (photo Ronald Knapp)Recent performances include The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla (The Sea by Čiurlionis), the Daniel Hope Ensemble in Essen (Stravinsky’s l’Histoire du Soldat), the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy), the National Orchestra of Belgium (Scriabin’s Prometheus: Poem of Fire), the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic and the Utrecht String Quartet. In 2012 he He performed in the recital Piano Colours with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Aldeburgh Festival, Helsinki Festival, Amsterdam Yellow Lounge and Salzburg Mozarteum Dialoge Festival. He also performed with the Bergen Philharmonic. 2013 saw a complete evening with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and works by Toshio Hosokawa. He also performed with Daniel Hope (violin) and Sebastian Knauer (piano) at the 2016 Konzerthaus Berlin Hommage to Yehudi Menuhin at 100.

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Histoire du Soldat visual artist