Robin Casinader is a Canberra-based composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist whose skills have been heard in the context of his own projects as well as on the high profile releases of a wide variety of other artists (see below).
Robin's musical career began in the 1980's working in collaboration with Hugo Race in the bands Plays With Marionettes and The Wreckery. The Wreckery released five albums and toured extensively along the Australian east coast. In the late 80's Robin composed for theatre and independent short films and recorded a solo CD 'All This Will Be Yours' (featuring singer Chris Wilson) released in 1991.
After an encounter with Dave Graney on a St Kilda bus, Robin joined Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes as pianist in 1990. The Coral Snakes released five CDs including the gold-status 'The Soft And Sexy Sound' which included Robin's composition 'Salty Girls' and some distinctively Casinaderian string arrangements. There was much touring, including a U.K. and European jaunt in 1996.
In the meantime Robin continued to compose and perform with his own bands, firstly The Vanishing Lady (including fellow Coral Snakes Clare Moore and Rod Hayward along with bassist Andrew Picoleau and singer Amanda Brotchie) then folk-noir ensemble Hood (with double bassist Andrew Entsch, drummer Peter Cottier and guitarist James Currin). Not to be confused with the English band of the same name, Hood released one CD, 'Every Bell In Town' in 1997. With the addition of singer Pearly Black they played many Melbourne shows and appeared twice at 'The National' (folk festival) in Canberra.
Following the passing of Andrew Entsch in 1998, Hood continued with various bass players, recording the album 'Are You Wearing Despair?' with bassist Anita Hustas and various guests in 1999 - 2000. This record has not yet been released.
In 2000, Robin worked as violin coach to lead actor Stuart Townsend and performed as a vampire harpsichordist in the Warner Bros. feature film ‘Queen of the Damned' which also includes one of his compositions on the soundtrack. Whilst composing material for a new album 'Useful Tunes', he made many guest appearances as violinist and pianist and continued to supply and perform string arrangements for a number of Melbourne musicians (see below).
In 2003 Robin, along with Jen Anderson, toured with Moby during his Australasian tour playing violin in Moby's band.
Robin's next CD 'Useful Tunes', was released in July 2005. Once again Pearly Black's vocals feature prominently, with contributions from various guests.
sessions for other recording artists and/or commisioned arrangements include:
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Mick Harvey (of The Bad Seeds)
The Black-Eyed Susans
Rowland S. Howard
Rebecca's Empire (Rebecca Barnard and Shane O'Mara)
Hugo Race and True Spirit
Sepiatone (Hugo Race and Marta Collica)
Cold Chisel's Steve Prestwich
Rob Snarski and Dan Luscombe