RICHARD VAN KRUYSDIJK
"As a musician, I don’t feel bound to one particular instrument, and as an artist I don’t feel confined to one particular discipline.
Although most of my work is musical, I have always felt it was just one way of expressing myself.”
The headline of Richard’s first interview, when he graduated (with honorable mention) from the Royal Academy of Art in ‘s-Hertogenbosch said: “No difference between a guitar and a paint brush”. Richard always switched between, and combined disciplines according to his vision of what the particular work needs. At the arts academy, he explored painting, photography, and graduated with a short 16mm film which was shown in several theatres and at the Dutch Film Days, Utrecht (NL). During his last year at the academy, he signed his first record contract after a solo concert in Paradiso, Amsterdam. That marked the start of many releases (see DISCOGRAPHY), tours and musical collaborations (Sonar Lodge, Strange Attractor, Phallus Dei, Daisy Bell, Palais Ideal etc.).
In the last decade, his musical work extended largely into the field of compositions for modern dance companies (Scapino Ballet, Balletto di Roma, CCN Ballet de Lorraine, Burning Bridges, Hessisches Staats Ballett etc.)
He simultaneously kept working as a graphic artist, and created videos and collages, and is currently working on hybrid forms of multimedia installation art and live performance: solo as Epic Rick, and as a duo with Ate Jan van Kampen.
An experienced producer with a distinct handwriting, known for his electronica / sound design and music production skills, Richard's musical work can be heard on many releases and on stage in a broad range of international venues: From alternative pop clubs throughout Europe to avantgarde festivals (Sonic Acts) and festivals for modern composed music (November Music; Minimal Music Festival). From museums (Museum De Pont, Tilburg; Biënnale Venice) to prestigious theaters (Schouwburg Amsterdam; The Royal Opera House, Londen).
In 2019, he started MASS production: a new foundation through which he will develop his autonomous multimedia works and initiate new collaborations.
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