Rich and fellow improviser Andy Hall previously ran an improvisatory ensemble (and workshop) called vLookup. In rehearsals, held every two weeks, this band considered different approaches to realising part-composed/part-improvised music. In the summer of 2012, a 5-piece reduction of the group performed several pieces at the Brighton Fringe festival, where they received critical acclaim.
The vLookup Trio (right), an offspring of vLookup, still perform regularly, where they create textural, part-composed/part-improvised pieces, and explore the sonic possibilities of an otherwise limited instrumentation by incorporating effects and live electronics. The vLookup Trio are: Andy Hall - Trumpet , Tom Atherton - Percussion & Rich Perks - Fretless electric guitar (see below for live recordings and home page for upcoming performance dates).