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Drew Crawford : Associate Artist

Music for the head, heart, soul & hips.

Random Audio Sample: The nun's picnic : Nun's night out remix by Drew Crawford, from the CD nun's picnic

Photo of Drew Crawford

Photo: Robin White

Drew Crawford is a Sydney-based composer, producer, arranger, songwriter and educator. His work spans opera, theatre, dance, pop, cabaret, installation and sound design, tv, film, the concert hall, and digital platforms.

Known for his intelligent and accessible style, Crawford is a gifted, passionate melody writer. He is equally at home creating compositions that are more about texture, colour and mood; as comfortable working in his electronic studio as with a full symphony orchestra, guitar-based rock band, jazz ensemble, or musicians from a range of non-Western traditions.

Crawford is a keen collaborator and his work is sensitive to the psychological, emotional and narrative demands of whatever context he's working in. Collaborations have included contemporary songwriting and production for his pop duo MA, composing his epic, true-crime operatic collaboration Eugene & Roie (based on the Eugene Goossens scandal of 1956); working with contemporary choreographers at the Performance Space, writing intimate solo piano music, and composing the score for an SBS TV animation.

Crawford's music has been performed in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland, London, Paris, Vancouver, New York, Mexico City, Warsaw and Hannover. He has composed scores for some of Australia's top performing arts companies and presenters, including SBS Independent, Sydney Festival, The Song Company, Sydney Opera House Trust, Opera Australia, ABC Classic FM, Zubin Kanga, One Extra Dance Co, the Performance Space, Freerange Animation, Company B Belvoir St, B Sharp, Kim Carpenter's Theatre of Image, and the Bell Shakespeare Company Lounge Music, a self-curated night of his music, was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House Studio in 2002, and in 2008 he won the ABC Classic FM Orpheus Remix Award for his 4-minute radio opera Black Orpheus.

Crawford has taught composition at both secondary and tertiary levels; he currently teaches composition and music production at the Australian Institute of Music in Surry Hills (Sydney) and is involved in course design and delivery at undergraduate and graduate levels. He studied composition with Anne Boyd, Ross Edwards and Peter Sculthorpe graduating from Sydney University with First Class Honours and the University Medal for Music in 1995, and completed his PhD in composition in 2005 under the supervision of Ross Edwards.

Drew Crawford — current to January 2013

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Time flies when you're having fun : for tarogato and electronics (2012) Commissioned by Nicole Canham.
Digital sheet music sample In that corner, in that very room : a piano suite after the Preludes of Chopin (2010) Commissioned by Peter Waters in 2010 through the Australia Cultural Fund to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth.
Digital sheet music sample A reading from the Song of songs : Sgs 2:8-10, 14, 16; 8:6-7 (2007) Commissioned by Nicholas Playoust & Anita Kanetkar to celebrate their wedding, and dedicated to them
The nun's picnic : variations on a theme sung by Tammy Wynette (2005) Commissioned by Julie-Anne Long, One Extra Dance Co..
Beautiful music : from 'A Poor Student', for string quartet (2001) Commissioned by director Jennifer Hagan for the premiere production of Nick Enright’s A Poor Student, produced by Marian Street Theatre, Sydney
Digital sheet music sample Quadrivium 1 : for two percussionists (1997) Quadrivium 1 was commissioned by Paul Genny of the Quadrivium Art Gallery, Sydney, for the opening of "Glass", January 1997

Analysis & Media

- Website: Chopin project 2010
composer blog and audio extracts