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Gerard Crewdson With Bridget Kelly, Anthony Donaldson And Isaac Smith

Sat May 15th, 2021
Pyramid Club,

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Mr Deeds goes to town - Gerard Crewdson's new handmade cinema work ... plus improvisations with Crewdson, Bridget Kelly, Isaac Smith and Anthony Donaldson.

Mr Deeds goes to town:
In Jan 1986 just prior to leaving New Zealand to live in Australia, Gerard Crewdson composed and recorded a 14 minute multi track work for Bb and Eb tubas in collaboration with Stuart Porter (Braille Collective/Primitive Art Group). The one and only copy of the cassette tape miraculously survived over 35 years of vast upheavals before being recently digitised by Dan Beban. Gerard has created a moving scroll handmade cinema work to accompany the recording for its belated public premiere.

Plus Gerard Crewdson in a set of improvisations with Anthony Donaldson (drums), Bridget Kelly (reeds) and Isaac Smith (double bass/electronics).
$10 on the door
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In a career spanning over 40 years, Gerard Crewdson has developed a highly personal artistic, theatrical and musical practice.

The history of Crewdson’s interdisciplinary activity begins in Wellington in the late 1970s where, first as a visual artist/dancer/story teller, and then as a tuba player, he was a part of The Braille Collective. Performing original compositions with an emphasis on non-standard musical structure and collective improvisation, Crewdson expanded his brass arsenal to include trombone, trumpet and Eb horn.

In 1986, Crewdson moved to Sydney where he undertook formal study at the Sydney College of the Arts, developing printmaking and paper-making processes using plant-based and recycled materials to create sculptural work. During this time, he created public performance works with a pointed emphasis on political critique and intermedia experimentation. He played an active part in Sydney's burgeoning noise and experimental scenes and worked with environmental/anti-war performance group The Bare Earth Blasters. In Sydney Crewdson also performed frequently with The Sydney Splinter Orchestra, a large electro-acoustic improvising ensemble.

Back in Wellington since 2005, Crewdson has continued working across music, story telling, visual art and theatre. His output is vast, including his stunning Cinema of the Poor performances for which he paints visual narratives on huge scrolls which he 'projects' from his specially crafted cardboard box cinema.

acoustic/solo, alternative, art/noise, electronic, Gerard Crewdson

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