Don't See This Show Alone - NZ Improv Festival 2017.
Bands and recordings
Swamp Doctor Swamp Doctor was myself on keys and voice, Josh Harris on guitar, bass and voice, John Wilson on drums and Tarryn Waugh on banjo and effects (in the early days). We played live2014-2016 and have released an album (Pickles, 2015) and an EP (Songs of Water, 2018). We're not playing together anymore but will be releasing a second album of material recorded in 2016 soon. Pickles review
Tarantella music video conceived by Swamp Doctor, Esther Ridell, and Natalie Cheetham. Filmed by Esther and Natalie, edited by Natalie.
Toucan Stubbs Toucan Stubbs was an experimental folk project with Theo Taylor. Our collaboration wrapped up in around 2013. We never officially released any music but here's a taste of a live performance.
Naga: New Music for Gamelan
Gamelan Padhang Moncar/Gamelan Taniwha Jaya, Rattle Records (released April 2014) Naga was recorded by the gamelan ensembles Gamelan Taniwha Jaya and Gamelan Padhang Moncar at the conclusion of a period of development of new works for our Indonesian tour in July 2013. I played as a member of both ensembles and also contributed improvised accordion work on one track. Naga features 13 new works composed by members of both ensembles.
Sloths At Sunrise Created with Marika Pratley at Kiwiburn, 2015 An interactive sound installation with found instruments such as bamboo rattles, metal pipes, river stones in a bowl, and pot lids, along with sloth-themed paraphernalia, fairy lights and other ephemera.
A Symphony of Sloths Composed and directed by Marika Pratley, Wellington Fringe Festival (February 2014) “An original meditative musical experience featuring DIY electronics, astro-travel and Sloths.” I was part of a group of musicians developing a semi-improvised musical work inspired by the slow-moving and endangered sloth, using gamelan instruments, electronics, and found instruments such as wine glasses. Review
Wolf Directed by Claire O'Loughlin, People's Cinema (December 2013) “A live performance exploring physical, feminine and feral freedom that refuses to pander to stereotypes.” I created sound design for an experimental work in which the three actors embodied wolves to raise questions about notions of civilised femininity. This Fair Verona PlayShop directed by Lori Leigh, BATS Theatre (October 2013) Theo Taylor and I, as Toucan Stubbs, made improvised music using guitar, violin, and a variety of small and found instruments for this “improvised love story of Shakespearean proportions.” “Playshop is on to another winner with This Fair Verona […] With excellent musical accompaniment from Toucan Stubbs – Theo Taylor and Stephanie Cairns – the tale trips along at a good pace.” - Review
A Beggar's Opera Long Cloud Youth Theatre directed by Stella Reid (August 2012) A copyright-lite adaption of 'The Threepenny Opera'. Live music with Theo Taylor as Toucan Stubbs - based on Bertolt Brecht's score, with original additions.
Wayang Kulit, WOMAD 2012 Gamelan Padhang Moncar performed traditional music to accompany a Javanese shadow puppet showwith Javanese puppeteer Joko Susilo.
Wake Less Binge Culture Collective directed by Joel Baxendale at BATS Theatre (November 2011) and Auckland's New Performance Festival (February 2012) An exploration of dream states, with audience interaction, improvised elements, work with masks and live projections; produced for the BATS Theatre 2012 STAB commission for groundbreaking new theatre work. I created a surreal sound landscape operated through Ableton Live, and live piano music. Review.
Beat Beat Beat Created by Stephanie Cairns and Helen O'Rourke, Wellington Fringe Festival, (February 2011) A musical-theatrical 'happening' at the abandoned WW2 bunkers on top of Brooklyn Hill, featuring found instruments, installations, audience interaction and howling at the moon. Co-created our group of 12 performers.
Minge Directed by Fiona MacNamara, BATS Theatre (December 2010) A “celebration and interrogation of womanhood in New Zealand”, for which I wrote several musical theatre-style songs for the actors. These and other pieces of original music were performed live with Helen O'Rourke in a sold-out season at BATS. Review
Animal Hour Binge Culture Collective, directed by Joel Baxendale (July 2009/ 2010) A devised theatre work blending reality TV, YouTube comments, nature documentaries and musings on the line between humans and animals. Original live music co-written and performed with Jake Baxendale and Gareth Hobbs. Animal Hour was reworked and performed with another work, Drowning Bird Plummetting Fish in Wellington and Auckland in 2010.