Tristan Carter



Composer, violinist and improviser Tristan Carter holds an MMA in Composition from the New Zealand School of Music where he studied composition with Jack Body, John Psathas, Michael Norris and Dugal McKinnon. He gained a Bachelors in Violin Performance from the NZSM, under the tutelage of Doug Beilman (formerly) of the New Zealand String Quartet.

He has a keen interest in cross-cultural collaboration, working with the Atlas Ensemble in Amsterdam, traditional musicians in Bangalore, and taonga pūoro musicians of New Zealand, as well as playing in a variety of cross cultural ensembles. He has had his music played in Taiwan, India, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Japan, Australia and Scotland.

In Wellington he plays in jazz outfit 'The Troubles', Balkan band 'Bazurka', Greek Rembetika trio 'Hypnos' and Balinese ensemble ‘Gamelan Taniwha Jaya’. Since 2015 he has worked as a composer and performer with Java Dance Theatre Company, extensively touring New Zealand as well as performing in festivals in Australia and the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe.

In 2019 he was selected to perform a free improvisation at the International Society of Contemporary Music ISCM World Music Days in Tallinn, Estonia. This August he performs ‘Chocolate’ with Java Dance Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019.


1 August - 24 August: Chocolate at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019


Dance. Theatre. Lush live Music. Immerse yourself in cacao, conflicting desires, and wild sensory dance. We will take you from bean to bar to gooey melted chocolate and back again. From FeastFest and the creators of Back of the Bus.

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30 May-2 June 2019: Xintiandi Festival


Java Dance performs ‘Back of the Bus’ on a bus moving through the streets of Shanghai.

14 May 2019: Jazz cafe at Zaal 100, Amsterdam


Free improv performance with Ig Henneman - viola, Tristan Carter - violin, Sanem Kalfa - voice, Anne La Berge - flutes, Fie Schouten - bass clarinet, and Tristan Renfrow - drums.

10 May 2019: World Music Days, Talinn

2 May: Greenhouse, Berlin

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The Greenhouse Berlin is a cross-divisional creative factory in Tempelhof. Current resident artist Samin Son (Korea/NZ), Berlin-based musician Takumi Motokawa (Japan/NZ) and touring violinist Tristan Carter (NZ) present a 2 hour sonic sacrifice. Live projections from Alexandra Marcia