Christopher de Groot is a musician, composer, improviser, multi-instrumentalist, electronic musician and film and theatre composer. Primarily a pianist with a background in jazz and classical composition he incorporates his interest in new music, electronics and cult soundtracks into his composition practice. He is a graduate, with a Masters Degree in Composition from the WESTERN AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS where he has since been engaged as an Artist In Residence.
He now lives in Melbourne.
As a film composer, his atypical attitude to film scoring has brought a unique depth and resonance to the film scores he has created. Working primarily with acoustic musicians and ensembles, often in combination with electronic techniques, much of his film work focuses on unusual recording techniques and instrumentation and is influenced both by his interest in new music practices and the music of master film composers such as Ennio Morricone and Bernard Herrmann. He has written several scores for independent Australian feature films including THE DIRECTOR’S CUT for which he won a WESTERN AUSTRALIAN SCREEN AWARD in 2009 and two subsequent nominations in 2010 and 2011.
He is a long-term collaborator of director Sam Barrett including ESOTERICA in 2010 and, in 2012, SORORAL, the recording of his soundtrack newly released world-wide by Swedish film-music label, SCREAMWORKS, CULT PROJECTIONS saying of Christopher de Groot’s writing for this movie, Its the most amazing soundtrack to an Australian genre film ever., and his score again being nominated in the 2014 WESTERN AUSTRALIAN SCREEN AWARDS and for Best Feature Film Score in the 2014 APRA SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS.
Other film music credits include CORPUS VILE for REVEL8, winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2008 PERTH FILM FESTIVAL, the original soundtrack for MENILMONTANT the 1926 silent film directed by Dimitri Kirsanoff, RINGWOOD directed by Megan Palinkas for TROPFEST and his current film-music engagement in 2014, THE BURNING KISS directed by Robbie Studsor.
He has also composed for theatrical productions, in 2013 being engaged by BARKING GECKO THEATRE COMPANY for its production of DUCK, DEATH & THE TULIP as part of the program of the FESTIVAL OF PERTH, and for DE-STROYED, also during 2013, directed by Suzanne Chaundy and THERESE RAQUIN in 2014, directed by Gary Abrahams, both productions for THEATRE WORKS and for which his music has subsequently been nominated for a GREENROOM AWARD.
In addition to composing for film Christopher de Groot plays prepared-piano, keyboards and bass flute and other instruments with the EDRITCH TRIO providing live improvised underscore for theatrical performances and experimental silent films. He also writes music for ensembles and solo musicians and performs as an electronic musician and avant-garde turntablist in both solo and in group performances.
He was a participant in the 2010 WEST AUSTRALIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’s COMPOSITION PROJECT which saw him compose for the orchestra’s ECHO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, live performances of his work being recorded by the ABC.
2015 saw the commission of his work for piano trio, live electronics and multi-media, entitled DELICACIES OF MOLTEN HORROR SYNAPSE and based on Stan Brakhage’s classic film of the same name, by the MELBOURNE PIANO TRIO for the MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE ’s 2015 METROPOLIS SERIES and other recent collaborations have included the re-interpretation of the soundtracks to visual artist, Peter Kennedy’s seminal video works of the 1971 for exhibitions in Brisbane, Adelaide and New York.
Christopher de Groot‘s music and sound-design for the DAREBIN ARTS SPEAKEASY production of DREAMHOME was the recipient of a 2016 GREENROOM AWARD.
His engagements during 2016 included the music for the RED STITCH ACTORS’ THEATRE production of THE RIVER.
His music for THERESE RAQUIN toured nationally in the CRITICAL STAGES production during 2017.
2018 was devoted to the completion of his major operatic “hyper-ballad”, LÖPEZ which chronicles the final hours of the life, culminating in his on-camera suicide, of aspiring artist, Riccardo Lopez. The work has subsequently been invited to appear in the London 2020 TÊTE-Á-TÊTE FESTIVAL‘s program of international premieres.
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