Fraser Fifield has developed a distinctive sound across the variety of wind instruments he plays and an approach to music making which has led to collaboration with a diverse list of artists. Described by the Sunday Herald as having “emerged as one of today’s outstanding talents” and by Jazzwise magazine as “an outstanding product of the Scottish jazz-folk scene”.
As a composer, Fraser is also responsible for an eclectic range of pieces including commissions for Mr McFalls Chamber, National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, Orchestra of Combined Specialist Music Schools in Scotland, Celtic Connections Festival, Highland Festival, Hebridean Celtic Festival, Dancebase Edinburgh, Scottish Arts Council/Creative Scotland, soundtrack and incidental music for television (BBC Natural World, BBC Alba, ITV). He was nominated ‘Composer of the Year’ in the 2010 Scots Trad Music Awards and also nominated for an Arts Foundation Fellowship 2010 and as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the 2009 Scots Trad Music Awards.
Fifield has led groups for many years experimenting with a variety of instrumentation and personnel, performing most of all in Scotland but also England, France, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Denmark, Sardinia, USA and Azerbaijan.
Creative Scotland awarded an Artist Bursary to Fraser in Nov 2014 which will lead to a collection of new recordings featuring non-standard sources, beginning in Buenos Aires with a collaboration featuring Walther Castro (bandoneon), Quique Sinesi ( guitar) and Horacio ‘Mono’ Hurtado on double bass.