mic.gr (Greece) has selected my solo album Toitū Te Pūoro as one of the best albums of 2018! Here's a translation of their review of Toitū Te Pūoro; ""Al Fraser in 'Toitū Te Pūoro' delivered an audio system with unprecedented charm. The reason has nothing to do with the exotics of this particular... Continue Reading →

PONGURU Al Fraser and Phil Boniface Al Fraser (ngā taonga pūoro) Phil Boniface (acoustic bass) Release date: Sunday March 4, 5:00pm at LOT 23 — $25, all welcome Tickets available here Ponguru: sonorous, resonant, deep-toned, gruff Phil and Al began performing together in 1998 while studying jazz performance at Massey University Conservatorium of Music, now... Continue Reading →

SHEARWATER DRIFT Neil Johnstone (recording, manipulation, composition) Al Fraser (ngā taonga pūoro) Steve Burridge (engineering) Ross Harris (accordion sounds on Tsitern) Nick Pilcher (piano on Ferrous Aro) Robert Baldock (treated sea samples on Cloud Shadow) Seemingly familiar but tantalisingly mysterious, these beautifully composed sonic landscapes offer a unique experience of the world through sound –... Continue Reading →

  Chamber Music New Zealand, Wellington Museum, Pātaka Art + Museum (Porirua), Puke Ariki (New Plymouth) and Te Manawa (Palmerston North) are joining forces  to present a Matariki inspired tour that showcases elements of chamber music, video, Māori music and storytelling in unique settings outside the concert hall. Te Korekore is a one-hour, multi-genre performance work that weaves... Continue Reading →

Te Pari o Auahatanga, The Flood of Inspiration: Songs recorded on the Whanganui River. Featuring Ariana Tikao, Alistair Fraser, Matiu Bartlet, Sacha Keating, Te Paerata Tichbon, Charles Ranginui, Brad McMillan and Elise Goodge. Auaha (meaning ‘to inspire’) are a group of musicians brought together by a flood. In 2015 Whanganui experienced its worst flood in... Continue Reading →

Date: 1 June 2017 Time: Thursday, 5-10pm   Cost: Koha Art, music, films, talks, wine, beer, food. A changing programme of after-dark events on the first Thursday of the month. This month enjoy the beautiful and abstract sounds of Utterance—Natalia Mann (harp), David Long (banjo and noises), Al Fraser (taonga pūoro) and Riki Gooch (percussion)... Continue Reading →

I'm happy to announce the launch of my latest album of recordings. These are recordings of taonga pūoro that are held in museums in the U.K. In 2016 I was made a Churchill Fellow to travel to the U.K. and Ireland to inspect, photograph and record when allowed collections of taonga puoro held in museums... Continue Reading →

Stroma – Tātai Whetū

Stroma meets New Zealand's masters of taonga puoro. New directions in indigenous musical forms. FEATURING Ariana Tikao (voice & taonga puoro) Alistair Fraser (taonga puoro) Hamish McKeich (conductor) PROGRAMME Philip Brownlee/Ariana Tikao Ko te tātai whetū for ensemble and taonga puoro Dylan Lardelli Musical Box for ensemble and taonga puoro Tristan Carter Tohoraha for strings... Continue Reading →

Te Oro o Ngā Whetū The Echo of The Stars

Chamber Music New Zealand, Wellington Museum, and Pātaka Art + Museum are joining forces this Matariki to present family concerts that weave the hauntingly beautiful music of taonga puoro and traditional chamber music instruments in a unique homage to Matariki. Cultures will meld in a beautiful sound fusion as we join internationally acclaimed New Zealand... Continue Reading →

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