Fran Pérez

Pseudonym: Narf
Category: Musician
Birth Date: 1968 ( † 15th november 2016)
Birth Place: Silleda (Pontevedra)

He started his professional activity with ‘Nicho Varullo’ and ‘Os kinindiola’ in the late 80’s. In 1991, he entered ‘Chévere’ Theatre Group, where he worked as a composer and actor. Together with Pepe Sendón, he provided the group with a great musical dimension with sound tracks (‘Río Bravo’, ‘Big Bang’ and ‘Órbita Mutante’), ‘Resaca’ (poetry reading) and ‘Annus Horribilis’ (operetta). As a comic actor and gag creator, he participated in ‘Máquina Total’ and ‘Ultranoites da Nasa’ (1993-98). He was one of the founders of ‘Nasa’ in 1993 and in the following five years, he composed multiple songs for the ‘Banda da Nasa’ in collaboration with Sendón, Carlos Santiago and Manolo Cortés. During this period, he also composed for ‘Amen’ by María Bouzas and María Pujalte and for ‘Quid Pro Quo’ by ‘Ollomol Tranvía’ in collaboration with Piti Sanz (he shared ‘María Casares’ Prize for the sound track of ‘Finis Mundi Circus’ by Mofa and Befa). In 1998, he left the project Chévere–Nasa and started an intensive activity as a composer in Portugal. In the following years he produced sound tracks: ‘Transviriato’, ‘A Barca do Inferno’, ‘Au Gaciar’, ‘Memoriar’ (a work for Expo 2000 in Hannover), ‘A Queima do Judas’, ‘Deus Danado’, ‘Ascensión e Queda de Zé Grotewski’, ‘Abrazo de Ferro’ and ‘Nun April e fechar de Olhos’. He was one of the founders of ‘Psicofónica de Conxo’, one of the most original proposals in Galician music with two edited records: ‘Psicópolis’ and ‘Extramundi’. In collaboration with Pepe Sendón and Fausto Isorna, he also created ‘O Labirinto dos soños’ (audiovisual work), first performed on Galician TV at Christmas (2003); the film was also edited on a CD. As he creates music for independent Galician theatre, he collaborated with ‘Mofa e Befa’ and ‘Belmondo’.

 Work & Activities

In 2003, he made a record live in Santiago together with Pepe Sendón and Marcos Teira, coming out in 2004. ‘Narf’ presented his work in a tour all around Spain, working in a new sound track for a new play (‘Bicicleta dos recados de Trigo limpo’) and going on with ‘Labirinto dos soños’.

 Other Interesting Aspects

He was awarded ‘María Casares’ Prize for the best music on five occasions and Barcelona Critic Prize for ‘Annus Horribilis’. In 2004, he was invited to the Contemporary Music Exhibition organized by Laxeiro Foundation, where he presented extracts of his most avant-garde works. During a concert in Maputo (Mozambique) in 2002, he decides to create a new project: ‘Narf’.