“It is as if Ashley Paul’s spaciously experimental, playfully contrasting aesthetics have been eerily anticipating our strange times, finally locking into the larger zeitgeist with her spellbinding new album, Ray.” – The Quietus
Ashley Paul is an American multi-instrumentalist/ composer based in London. Her intuitive process integrates free form song structures with a focused approach to sound. Using a complexity of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, prepared guitar and percussion she creates a delicate palette, uniquely her own.During the summer of 2020 Ashley began composing for her new trio RAY featuring Yoni Silver and Otto Willberg. Ashley released the album ‘Ray’ on Slip in late 2020. It is a reflection of the intense emotional year, filled with melody, humour, dissonance and longing. New cassette
‘Another Sand’ will be released on Wagtail, November 2021. Performing live, the trio explores the fringes of free improvisation and song form, where melodies are dissected and slowly pieced together, alluding to shape but only occasionally binding together.
RAY:Ashley Paul :: alto saxophone, voice, compositionYoni Silver :: bass clarinet, alto saxophoneOtto Willberg :: double bass, voiceAshley has performed or collaborated with Nik Void, Thurston Moore, Rashad Becker, Loren Connors, Gavin Bryars, Aki Onda, Lucy Railton, Simon Fisher Turner, Rhys Chatham and Heatsick. She has been commissioned to compose work for Musarc Choir premiered at LCMF 2018, A quintet for Counterflows Festival 2017 and “The Pace of Time” premiered at Roundhouse (London) 2013. Ashley performed the World and US premieres of Phill Niblock’s Asheli, a piece composed specifically for her and Eli Keszler and performed live with Niblock. She performed the US premiere of Mauricio Kagel’s Der Schall at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC) and premiered Anthony Coleman’s quartet Damaged by Sunlight at Banlieues Bleues Festival(Paris). She received a residency at ISSUE Project Room in 2008 and a Fellowship Grant in composition from the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts, 2010. In 2020 Ashley was a finalist for The Arts Foundation ‘Futures Award’ in experimental music.