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Drew Crawford : Associate Artist

Music for the head, heart, soul & hips.

Random Audio Sample: The nun's picnic : variations on a theme sung by Tammy Wynette 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.

A recent finalist at the 2013 APRA Screen Music Awards for Best Television Theme for his work on ABC1's The Checkout, Drew's diverse output has been performed across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, and has been commissioned & presented by some of Australia's leading performing arts organisations, including the Sydney Opera House Trust, Sydney Festival, The Song Company, Opera Australia, Mardi Gras Arts Festival, Big Day Out, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir St Theatre, Bell Shakespeare Company, SBS Independent, Zubin Kanga, One Extra Dance Co, and Kim Carpenter's Theatre of Image. 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 October 2014

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample When the heart is cut or cracked or broken : 'July' from the Song Company's All-Leunig Musical Almanac (2015) Commissioned by Deborah Robinson for the Song Company’s 2015 All-Leunig Song Almanac
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 One Extra Dance Co., Julie-Anne Long.
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

Analysis & Media

- Website: Chopin project 2010
composer blog and audio extracts