Tristan Carter is a Wellington based violinist, composer and field recordist. Alongside session work and free improvisation he plays in a variety of ensembles including jazz band The Troubles, The Noveltones, Indian/Jazz crossover project Shades of Shakti, Balkan band Bazurka, and Paul Bosauder’s Tierra y Mar Flamenco Project. He is a popular collaborator for theatre, dance and film/TV in New Zealand, with recent projects including featuring on the David Long’s soundtrack to the BBC Series The Luminaries, performing the live score and foley for Trick of the Light Theatre’s ‘The Griegol’, and playing in the live band for Agaram Productions’ ‘The Mourning After’.
Since 2015 he has worked as a composer and performer on 10 full length works with Java Dance Theatre, choreographed by Sacha Copland, touring New Zealand extensively as well as performing in arts festivals in Australia, China and the Edinburgh Fringe. Tristan's ancestry is English, Irish, Welsh, Danish and Māori (ngā Puhi, ngā Te Arawa)