Pavo Cristatus were a Sydney based contemporary electro-acoustic improvisation duo comprising analogue synths, drum machines, samples, turntables, trumpet, tape loops, cello and voice. Tammy Brennan (voice) and Liberty Kerr (cello) devoted five years to this musical expression. Noted for their startling and expressive sound, the duo always performed wearing masks and costumes alongside the visuals of Newtown photographer Corrie Ancone.
At the height of their popularity Pavo Cristatus released a self-titled CD in 1998 on Kookyburra Droppings (Club Kooky); played the Sydney Opera House; collaborated with writer/philospher/ethnobotanist Terence McKenna, famous for his ‘Stoned Ape’ theory of human consciousness; composed and performed music for 1999 Australian Designer of the Year Akira Isogawa; and extensively supported Sony dance act Endorphin.
They released tracks on several independent Australian compilations, toured interstate and were often popular guests within the alternative Sydney dance/rave scene. More recently they licensed their music to Sydney film director Michael Ney for his documentary about fetish photographer Noel Graydon, ‘Liberty in Restraint’.
They no longer perform live or record music, but their existing catalogue is available for licensing.