Henry Fraser sitting beside his bass

Henry Fraser

Born in Boston, MA in 1991, Henry Fraser grew up immersed in music – singing, playing piano and cello, studying theory and ear training. He began playing the double bass at 14, sparking an interest in improvisation via the music of Charles Mingus. Fraser moved to NYC in 2014, after graduating from New England Conservatory of Music, and has been actively working in the areas of jazz, free-improv, noise, and spectral music. Much of Fraser’s work is rooted in his music for solo double bass, which has culminated in three releases – Briggs, Buzzed, and as is the morning, is – establishing him as a technical and creative force among his generation of bassists. The self-titled release of his band, The Full Salon, was featured in Rolling Stone’s “6 Paths Through Jazz in 2020”. Fraser has toured throughout the US and abroad, playing such venues as the Panama Jazz Festival, Mompox Jazz Festival, Moers Festival, Unlimited Festival in Wels, Austria, Roulette Intermedium, Joe’s Pub, and Pioneer Works. As a composer, he has written for the collaborative ensemble, Maestro Day, released an album of his string trio, Blockwise VII, and was commissioned to contribute two works for The Rivers School Conservatory’s 42nd annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young (2020). In 2021, Fraser was selected as a fellow for the Art OMI Music residency, in 2022 his trio, Nepenthae, participated in a residency at KO Arts in Marfa, TX. Most recently, Fraser was named a 2022 NYSCA/NYFA Finalist in the category of Music/Sound and was invited to participate in the SWR NEWJazz Meeting in November 2022.

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