BORN (and based) Melbourne Australia 1955
Garry began his music career as a DJ in 1965 aged 10, playing surf and pop music for beach parties at the Surf Lifesaving Club in Mordialloc, a bayside suburb of Melbourne.
He taught himself piano, clarinet, blues harp and a bit of guitar, then immediately fell in love with electronic music in the late 1960's. He ran dance parties for first generation hippies in the forested Melbourne Hills area (Dandenong Ranges) early 1970's and by the time he was 19 (1974) had toured Australia, recorded on a country/rock album and played the Myer Music Bowl (Melbourne).
Garry played electro live during the mid/late 1970's using live keyboard synths and live drummer, with reel-to-reel backing tape on stage at dance parties.
He recorded a large multi-track electronic music album at Armstrong AAV in South Melbourne (1977) which had it's first public broadcast late that year on 3CR radio Melbourne with a live interview/chat about the music. The album was engineered for a live quad playback in a theatre with live 35mm slide projections from 24 computer controlled slide projectors on a screen divided into a grid of 4x3. The music has never been formally released, but a 40th anniversary edition is planned for release thru CD Baby 2017
In the 1980's Garry worked as a music and arts therapist. He worked with the United Nations Child Rights Unit in Australia developing a public health program using music and art therapy for traumatised teen victims of rape and abuse. This involved 10 years of working undercover visiting Safe Houses where victims lived, writing music for therapeutic purposes and attending court as an expert witness in many cases. The program was a great success, with many program elements adopted for the UN Child Rights Charter and he spent the last few years of the 1980's training health industry professionals in the techniques. The program was called the Creative Release of Suffering.
In the 1990's Garry moved into the Central Business District (CBD) of Melbourne living in his art studio and became a founding member of the Melbourne CBD arts community based around Flinders Lane. He set up a small TV studio in Commerce House and started his own TV show featuring the underground Melbourne Arts culture as well as running underground dance parties. His TV show 'TOE-Theory Of Everything' ran for 65 weekly half hour programs, first on the new free-to-air community TV Channel 31 from 1994, of which he was a founding management committee member and then nationally on cable TV for a number of years.
Garry Shepherd, working on a CybaFaerie sculpture in his Flinders Lane, Melbourne Australia, Nicholas Building studio. (Pic 2005 )
The feature documentary GLOBAL SHUFFLE 1990-2010, has lots of original video footage from the underground arts scene of the time. The documentary follows the development of the underground Melbourne dance style called the MELBOURNE SHUFFLE, which commenced around 1992 at the TVU community TV station warehouse that staged underground dance parties and broadcast them across Melbourne on free-to-air TV channel 31. The documentary premiere screening featured at the FILE Festival Sao Paulo Brazil in 2011.
GLOBAL SHUFFLE and soundtrack CybaFaeries and WolfDragons available on AMAZON PRIME
MORE INFO www.globalshufflemovie.com
Garry is currently working on his CybaFaeries and WolfDragons project that involves a book of memoirs called CybaFaeries and WolfDragons, sculpture and arts of functional toy robot CybaFaeries and WolfDragons, and associated TV series and movie based on the CybaFaeries and WolfDragons.
Garry Shepherd, working on a CybaFaerie sculpture in his Flinders Lane, Melbourne Australia, Nicholas Building studio. (Pic 2005)