Peter Dasent


Peter Dasent has, if you’ll pardon a terrible pun, been instrumental in creating some of this country’s musical landmarks. As a member of The Crocodiles, he played on the hit song ‘Tears’ and wrote several of their other well-known tunes. He composed the scores for pivotal Peter Jackson films Heavenly Creatures, Braindead and Meet The Feebles. He has written children’s classics, led his own chamber ensemble, and collaborated on numerous projects with his lifelong friends Tony Backhouse and Fane Flaws.

Yet he says almost all of his musical adventures have been accidental, the result of chance meetings or occasional leaps into the unknown, which are contrary to his nature and upbringing.

Peter Dasent and Tony Backhouse: as Design for Living they released the Blessed Relief album in November 2017.
I Am Joe's Music (Mushroom album, 1983)
Photo credit: Design by Fane Flaws
The Bend: Permanent Battle (video by Fane Flaws)
Channeling Baby trailer (1999)
The Umbrellas - Quick March (2015, video by Fane Flaws)
The Crocodiles (Mark I) - Peter Dasent, Tony Backhouse, Bruno Lawrence, Jenny Morris, Tina Matthews, Fane Flaws
Peter Dasent with Garth Hudson, legendary keyboardist of The Band who visited New Zealand to perform in the concerts marking the 40th anniversary of The Last Waltz, 2016. Dasent played alongside Hudson on keyboards. 
Photo credit: Peter Dasent Collection
Le Combo, 1985 (from left): Jonathan Zwartz (double bass), Peter Dasent (piano), Jane Lindsay (vocal), Martin Highland (drums)
Photo credit: Peter Dasent Collection
Homage to M. Hulot - Peter Dasent (video by Fane Flaws, Abbey Road)
A flyer for The Umbrellas, 1992
Photo credit: Peter Dasent Collection
The Umbrella's Bravo Nino Rota promo
The Underwatermelon Man and Other Unreasonable Rhymes, music by Fane Flaws & Peter Dasent (2006)
Fane Flaws poster for The Elevators, 1985
Photo credit: Peter Dasent Collection
Heavenly Creatures trailer (1994)
New Zealand musicians celebrate at the after-party of The Last Waltz 40th anniversary tour, 2016, with guest artist The Band's Garth Hudson and his wife Maud (in cap). Among those present are Arthur Baysting, Adam McGrath, Wayne Bell, Reb Fountain, Peter Dasent, and Tami Neilson.
Photo credit: Tami Neilson collection
Who are these masked men? Fane Flaws and Peter Dasent - I Am Joe's Music promo photo, 1982. 
Photo credit: Peter Dasent Collection
The Crocodiles, late 1980 - Tina Matthews, Peter Dasent, Tony Backhouse. Jenny Morris, Ian Gilroy
After a while, Crocodile (L-R): Fane Flaws, Peter Dasent, Tony Backhouse, Arthur Baysting.
Photo credit: Peter Dasent Collection
The Crocodiles (Mark II) - Ian Gilroy, Tony Backhouse, Jenny Morris, Tina Matthews, Peter Dasent
Arthur Baysting with children's songwriting collaborators Peter Dasent and Suzy Cato, Auckland.
Photo credit: Suzy Cato collection
The Crocodiles Mk.1: Tony Backhouse, Jenny Morris, Fane Flaws, Tina Matthews, Peter Dasent and Bruno Lawrence, 1979
Collaborators: Fane Flaws, Tony Backhouse and Peter Dasent. 
Photo credit: Peter Dasent Collection
Peter Dasent observes Garth Hudson improvising on the 88s. The legendary keyboardist of The Band visited New Zealand to perform in the 2016 concerts marking the 40th anniversary of The Last Waltz. Dasent played alongside Hudson on keyboards.
Photo credit: Peter Dasent Collection
Peter Dasent - Songs for Solo Piano (2015), recorded at Abbey Road, London.
Peter Dasent and Tony Backhouse – The Bend performing at Eggscentric Cafe, Whitianga Dec 2015.
Photo credit: Den Rob
Radio WIth Pictures opening titles, music by Peter Dasent, animation by Fane Flaws, 1987
The Umbrellas, 1986 (from left): Andrew Wilkie (vibes, marimba), Mark Bruwel (oboe), Mark Simmonds (tenor sax), Peter Boyd (baritone sax), Martin Highland (drums), Jonathan Zwartz (double bass), Peter Dasent (piano, compositions)
Photo credit: Peter Dasent Collection
The Umbrellas billed with The Elevators, Sydney, 1989.
Meet the Feebles trailer (1990)
SPATS recording 'New Wave Goodbye' at Harlequin Studio, Mt. Eden Rd, Auckland 1977. L-R: Patrick Bleakley, Michael Knapp, Fane Flaws, Tony Backhouse and Peter Dasent.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Fane Flaws and Michael Knapp
Underwatermelon Men (L-R): Fane Flaws, Arthur Baysting, Peter Dasent.
Photo credit: Peter Dasent Collection
Braindead trailer (1992)
Peter Dasent with his accordion, 1987
Photo credit: Peter Dasent Collection

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