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Nigel Patterson

Music Technology Lecturer

A photograph of Nigel Patterson in his office at UCOL.

A specialist in studio recording/production, UCOL Music Technology Lecturer Nigel Patterson is one of the country’s most highly regarded keyboard players and composers.

Usually not long back from an international tour with well-known New Zealand Reggae Dub band The Black Seeds as piano/keyboard player, Nigel skilfully balances two worlds. 

When he’s not touring, writing or recording music, or spending time at home in Pukerua Bay, Nigel frequents UCOL’s Palmerston North campus where his teaching fits perfectly with his skill set. 

“My main area of teaching at UCOL is centred on Music Technology - everything to do with studio recording and producing, etc. Having spent the last 15 years touring the world, performing in many different contexts and recording albums, I enjoy passing on my experience.”

Nigel started music at age five and has worked in the music industry all his life. 

In 2003 he graduated from Massey University Conservatorium with a BMUS in Jazz Piano Performance, and has been a member of a number of popular musical groups since. Joining the Black Seeds in 2006, he also went on to lead The Nigel Patterson Trio formed in 2007 out of a love for the piano trio format. He played in the successful New Zealand collaboration Fly My Pretties in 2009 and more recently developed the Nigel Patterson Quartet, a powerhouse of jazz intuition and style. 

Nigel is proud of UCOL’s own recording studio, so much so that he has been known to bring all seven other Black Seeds band members into it for the odd day of recording.

“I spend so much time in the UCOL studio and have put in a lot of effort to really get it functioning properly it makes sense to combine the two worlds together,” he says. 

“The band find the studio totally capable of producing a very high standard of recording, and a very productive space which functions really well.”

Nigel has performed in many different contexts from boutique venues to stadiums in NZ, Australia, Europe and USA.

Most recently he performed with the Black Seeds in Canada in association with the Victoria Island Ska and Reggae Festival, playing in Vancouver/Victoria/Tofino and Whistler. 

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