Pre-order Richard’s first official album release as a member of Kotography by clicking here. Richard plays koto and clarinet in the band. Release date is 21st August in all your favoutite music download stores.
A fascinating and inspiring mix of contemplative improvisation and alternative soundscaping. Music for changing times.
1 hour versions of all tracks are also available from this website if you need a longer session for meditation / contemplation.
I invite you to listen to some free samples of new original music created in lockdown in Thailand. This is a collaborative album with Tektonix in the UK. Wishing everybody well and back to normal as soon as possible.
Richard Crookes · The Narrow Road to the Distant North
My experiments with clarinet and looping are continuing apace. Recently I have played a couple of sessions at a very cool artist’s café in Huahin (The Ronin Capsule Café) along with my fellow sonic explorer Gary Hall.
Gary and I are also very likely to be playing a session in Bangkok at Studio Lam as part of Tommy Hanson’s Healing Sunday in either October or November (details will be added as soon as this is confirmed). I’m very excited about that. Gary plays beautiful piano improvisations and I try to add my own flourishes to that. If you are in or around Bangkok, be sure to try and catch us.
The sort of music I’m playing could well be placed, I think, in a ‘sound healing’ category- not that I make any great claims on its efficacy, that is, It is just that I find it a deeply peaceful thing to do – to inhabit the moments of the vibration and emotion of the sound that I seem to be making. It is coming from the heart and I think it goes back to the heart in its own loop.
Here’s a live, unrehearsed video I recorded, that I think illustrates this. I’d love to know what people think about this and if they can feel the same.
It’s quite a while since I added any content here, but I have not been idle. On the contrary, I have been working behind the scenes on two new card decks for the authors Sonja Grace and Dawn Brown. The card illustrations are not mine in both cases – but I am bringing my expertise in card design to the projects and also have now taken on the job of the booklet layouts which surprisingly I find quite enjoyable.
You can find both sets available for pre-order here on the Inner Traditions website
I have also recently been involved in the conceptual illustration work for the Making Magick oracle cards for Rockpool International which you can find here.
In addition to these card projects, I have also been working on various cover design projects for various publishers which I will add into the gallery in due course.
Latest news is this new deck of 48 cards has just been completed in collaboration with Barbara MeikleJohn-Free and Flavia Kate Peters once more. This follows on from the Witches’ Wisdom deck seen below and is due to be released through Llewellyn next year. Bright, colourful and mouthwatering to say the least – watch this space for more release details when available.
I was very kindly asked to join in on the Cosmic Consciousness show on Kcorradio.com by Trisha Gelder – Spiritual Numerologist, who has enjoyed using my oracle cards in her work. There’s almost an hour of chat talking around my career as an artist if you are interested. You can find the link here.
Here’s a new project in progress…a hand carved inscription on an old wooden stool. Lettering designed with double pencils on paper and written quickly and arranged in a simple block layout. It is such a joy to work in wood. The crisp crunch of a sharp chisel cutting through the grain a most satisfyimg sound.
“Truth is ever to be found in Simplicity” ( not in the multiplicity and confusion of things ) … Isaac Newton
I love the simple utilitarian nature of the stool. It just came to hand as a pleasing idea to add some calligraphy to it.
I was very kindly asked by Susan Larison Danz to contribute an hours conversation to her BlogTalkRadio channel – The Frontier Beyond Fear. We completed this this morning and it is now available to listen to by clicking here. Topics range from the Tai Chi Reflections cards, commissioning book covers, calligraphy and my life in Thailand,
Susan and I have worked together on a few projects over the last few years and it was very pleasant to finally get to speak to her and have such a long and interesting chat.