Age Pryor is a composer, performer, producer, manager and educator who has been working in the New Zealand music industry for over 20 years.
As well as producing his own original material, Age has been a central player in many high profile collaborative projects including Fly My Pretties, The Woolshed Sessions and the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, and his music has appeared in film, television and theatre soundtracks locally and internationally.
Age is the musical director and executive manager of the wildly popular ukulele ensemble The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra. An institution in NZ, The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra has also become the people’s favourite in the international ukulele community, a reputation strengthened by recent tours in USA, China, Japan and a residency at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Age is a veteran cast member of the hugely successful multi-media project Fly My Pretties and contributed original songs to three of their five albums. His composition Singing In My Soul, from the Fly My Pretties album Live at Bats, was used in the HBO hit show Weeds, and is widely considered a NZ classic.
Age’s compositions have appeared regularly on radio and television shows such as Shortland Street and Outrageous Fortune, and the songs “Funny Shadow” and “I Don’t Want” were used in the cult classic feature film Eagle vs Shark, featuring in the soundtrack album released worldwide.
Age has worked as a studio producer with solo artists, bands and commercial clients such as Whitcoulls and Resene Paints. The Woolshed Sessions album, produced by Age Pryor and released in 2007, received 4 stars in the UK music magazine Q. Age has produced all of the recordings made by the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, including a recent commercial radio campaign which won 3 Orca awards in NZ, and a Caples Gold award in New York in 2013.
Having received two NZ Music Awards for Best Aotearoa Roots Release with Fly My Pretties, Age was again finalist for the same award in 2007 and 2009 with the albums Shanks’ Pony and The Woolshed Sessions.
“Stringing Me Along”, written by Jess Chambers and produced by Age Pryor was awarded APRA Best NZ Country Song in 2009. The single “Cobra Jacket Anthem” by Sharkness, and produced by Age, reached number one on the Radio Active Top 11 in 2012 and was nominated for an APRA Silver Scroll award in 2013.
Age has a broad range of experience as a music educator and for the past five years has been a lecturer in the Performing and Screen Arts Diploma in Contemporary Music at Unitec in Auckland, with a focus on collaborative performance, composition, music theory, digital audio tools, and internet and copyright issues.
Alongside his music, Age has also worked as a sound editor for film, television, theatre and installations.
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