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Phil Boniface

Composer, Performer, Jazz Composer


Phil Boniface is a New Zealand/Canadian bassist, composer and educator.

Growing up in New Zealand his journey in music started at age 12 with piano, followed closely by four years of lessons on the electronic organ. At age 16, it was the sound of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nirvana, and Led Zeppelin that was an influence in taking up the bass guitar.

In 2000, after formal study on the acoustic and electric bass, he graduated from the Conservatorium of Music at Massey University, Wellington (now The New Zealand School of Music) with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance.

His professional career has included performances in festivals, theatres, bars, clubs, hotels, weddings, cruise ships, and expanded over time to include teaching (individuals & groups), composing his own work and arranging.

In 2005, Phil moved to Vancouver, BC, and since living on the West Coast have been fortunate enough to perform with many of Canada's finest jazz musicians. In addition, his own bands have been apart of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (2013, 2014 and 2015), The Pender Harbour Jazz Festival and local venues that support jazz music.

In 2012, Phil established Vancouver's longest running jazz jam session, 'Sessions at The Patricia'. Still continuing every Monday night at The Mill Street Brewery at the historic Patricia Hotel in Vancouver's downtown east side, this jam attracts the cities finest jazz musicians along with touring artists.

In November 2015, with funding support from FACTOR he released his first album as band leader of original compositions and arrangements titled 'BaixaBlue'.

Returning to New Zealand in 2016 after 11 years residing in Canada, He graduated in 2017 with a Masters of Teaching and Learning (w Distinction) from Massey University and continues to teach.

In 2017, with grant funding support from The Lilburn Trust, as well as the Earle Creativity and Development Trust Phil has been working with New Zealand's leading ngā tāonga puoro (traditional māori musical instruments) artists, Al Fraser. They released their duo album of compositions and improvisations for ngā taonga pūoro and doublebass in March 2018. This album - titled Ponguru - has been released through leading art music label Rattle Records and received acclaimed reviews in New Zealand and abroad.

Composed (21)


for taonga puoro and double bass, 2m 35s

Drum Dub

for jazz ensemble, 4m

First Comes Last

for jazz ensemble, 4m 40s


for tumutumu (taonga pūoro) and double bass, 2m 40s


for kū (taonga pūoro) and double bass, 2m 5s


for porotiti (taonga pūoro) and double bass, 3m 20s


for taonga puoro and double bass, 3m 34s


for taonga puoro and double bass, 3m 22s


for taonga pūoro and double bass, 3m 17s

Piano Dub

for jazz ensemble, 3m 50s


for taonga pūoro and double bass, 3m 13s

Portland Machine

for jazz ensemble, 3m 45s


for taonga pūoro and double bass, 2m 57s

Pūtōrino Suite

for taonga pūoro and double bass, 8m 32s


for kōauau (taonga pūoro) and double bass, 2m 30s


for taonga pūoro and double bass, 1m 52s


for pūmotomoto (taonga pūoro) and double bass, 3m 5s

The Mind Is A Monkey

for jazz ensemble, 3m 50s


for ipu kōrero (taonga pūoro) and double bass, 3m 25s

Waltz For Ollie

for jazz ensemble, 4m 30s

West Coast Summer

for jazz ensemble, 5m

Performances (2)

Al Fraser and Phil Boniface | Ponguru

Al Fraser | __Taonga Puoro__ Phil Boniface | __Double Bass__ ___ 'Ponguru' is a conversati...

Tararua Album Launch Concert

Puaka by Tararua ___ __Oro Records__ is proud to present the world premiere of the full reperto...