Richard van Kruysdijk
"As a musician I don't feel bound to one particular instrument, and as an artist I don't feel limited to one particular discipline. Although most of my work is musical, I have always felt that it is just one way of expressing myself."
The headline of Richard's first interview, when he graduated (with honourable mention) from the Royal Academy of Art in 's-Hertogenbosch read, "No difference between a guitar and a paintbrush". Richard always switched between, and combined disciplines according to his vision of what the specific work required. At the art academy, he immersed himself in painting, photography, and graduated with a short 16mm film that was shown in various theatres and at the Nederlandse Filmdagen (Dutch Film Days), Utrecht (NL). During his final year at the academy, he signed his first record contract after a solo concert in Paradiso, Amsterdam. That was the beginning of many releases, tours and musical collaborations.
- Royal Academy of Arts and Design of 's-Hertogenbosch
- Composed music for
- Balletto di Roma, CCN Ballet de Lorraine, Burning Bridges, Hessisches Staats Ballett, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam
- Musical collaborations
- Sonar Lodge, Strange Attractor, Phallus Dei, Daisy Bell, Palais Ideal
In the last decade, his musical work has largely expanded into compositions for modern dance companies.
At the same time he continued to work as a graphic artist, making 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.
Richard van Kruysdijk is an experienced producer with a clear signature, known for his electronics/sound design and music production skills. His musical work can be heard on many releases and on a wide range of international stages: from alternative pop clubs throughout Europe to avant-garde festivals (Sonic Acts) and festivals for modern composed music (November Music; Minimal Music Festival). From museums (Museum De Pont, Tilburg; Venice Biennale) to prestigious theatres (International Theatre Amsterdam; The Royal Opera House, London).