Age Pryor is a composer and performer 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 a veteran cast member of the hugely successful multi-media project Fly My Pretties and contributed original songs to three of their six albums. His composition Singing In My Soul, from the Fly My Pretties album Live at Bats, appeared in the HBO hit show Weeds and is widely considered a NZ classic. Age remains an active member of the Fly My Pretties collective, sharing the stage with some of New Zealand’s top independent songwriters and musicians.
Age was the musical director and executive manager of the wildly popular ukulele ensemble The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, and was studio producer for all 6 recordings made by that group. An institution in NZ, The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra wowed audiences around the globe, with tours in the UK, China, Japan and Australia, culminating in a 40-show tour across USA in 2016.
Over the years, Age has toured New Zealand extensively, performing solo, with his bands, and as a session player for others including Anika Moa and Jess Chambers, the latter including opening slots in 2009 for touring internationals Fleetfoxes and K T Tunstall. Age has also worked at different stages with Flight of the Conchords, live in NZ and on their first and 3rd albums.
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 Miramax feature film Eagle vs Shark, featuring in the soundtrack album released worldwide.
Age has taken the helm as producer with solo artists, bands and commercial clients such as Whitcoulls, Telecom and Resene Paints. The Woolshed Sessions album, produced by Age Pryor and released in 2007, received 4 stars in the UK music magazine Q. In 2013 Age produced recordings of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra for a commercial radio campaign which won 3 Orca NZ radio awards, and an international Caples Gold award in New York.
Age has a broad range of experience as a music educator and for the past six years has been a lecturer in the Performing and Screen Arts Diploma in Contemporary Music course at Unitec in Auckland, focusing on collaborative performance, composition, music theory, digital audio workstations, and internet and copyright issues.
Alongside his music, Age has also worked as a sound editor for film, television, theatre and installations, including working as Fx Editor on Kiwi feature film No.2 and at Park Road Post as Foley Recordist on the international feature 30 Days of Night. In November 2013 Age performed music software onstage with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and provided technical support for their end of year concert “Voice of the Whale”.
Currently Age is bringing his focus back to songwriting and original composition, with a number of exciting projects in the pipeline for 2017.
“Pryor has firmly established himself as one of our best musicians” – Dominion Post
Selected awards and achievements:
- #1 Radio Active Top 11 2001 – “Singing In My Soul”
- Best Pop Release 2005, Bnet Music Awards – Fly My Pretties
- Best Aotearoa Roots Release 2007, NZ Music Awards – Fly My Pretties
- Finalist Best Aotearoa Roots Release 2007, NZ Music Awards – Age Pryor (Shanks’ Pony)
- Q Magazine UK, 4 star review - The Woolshed Sessions
- Finalist Best Aotearoa Roots Release 2009, NZ Music Awards – The Woolshed Sessions
- APRA Best NZ Country Song 2009 – “Stringing Me Along” by Jess Chambers (as Producer)
- #1 Radio Active Top 11 2012 – “Cobra Jacket Anthem” by Sharkness (as Producer)
- Orca NZ Radio Awards 2013 – “Nothing Beats A Jingle” (as Producer)
- Caples Gold Award 2013 - “Nothing Beats A Jingle” (as Producer)
- Nomination for APRA Silver Scroll Award 2013 - “Cobra Jacket Anthem” (as Producer)
- Finalist APRA Silver Scroll Best Original Music in a Series 2016 – Age Pryor (Jiwi’s Machines)