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Al Fraser

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Al Fraser is one of the most critically acclaimed and prolific performers of nga taonga puoro of his generation. He has worked with some of the most rigorously artistic, culturally diverse and significant projects in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Al has worked in collaborations with Dr Richard Nunns, TrinityRoots, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and with projects spanning jazz, experimental, ambient, folk, Maori and classical musics.

Toitu Te Puoro is Al’s 5th solo album and he has been a member of collaborative music projects including Tahu, The Woolshed Sessions, Oro, Shearwater Drift and Ponguru. Al was a Wild Creations Artist Resident in 2011, a Churchill Fellow 2016 and a researcher with Otago University and Hokotehi Moriori Trust 2017-2019.

Al is in constant demand for live performances and has performed live with STROMA, Ariana Tikao, New Zealand String Quartet and at all Te Whare Tapere Ki Waimango. Al has worked with dance companies, Atamira and Okareka, and has played at many festivals including WOMAD, and ‘Museums After Dark’ at Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, U.K. He has toured with Chamber Music NZ over four Matariki and his live to air performance on Radio NZ has had over 5000 views in 2 years.

He has contributed puoro to original film scores by Warren Maxwell (Strength of Water), Rhian Sheehan (Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses) Lauren King (Waru) and Dave Whitehead and Riki Gooch (The Big Picture). His compositions have been exhibited at The Auricle Sound Art Gallery, Waitangi House and major NZ museums.

He is a member of ensemble 'Oro' (Horomona Horo, Ariana Tikao, James Webster, Al Fraser) who performed live at the APRA Silver Scrolls 2017 and Al released two collaborative albums through Rattle Records in 2018, Shearwater Drift and Ponguru.

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