Multi-Instrumentalist/Composer Ashley Paul uses a unique mixture of saxophone, clarinet, voice, prepared strings and bells to create a dream-like mash of minimalist, psycho-accoustic experiments, floating melodies, metallic clatter and screeching bit-reed tones. She combines these disparate elements to create introverted songs, and intuitive forms. Performing solo, Ashley brings to the stage her own eclectic set-up, forging a dense sound closer to a small band than just one person, often playing multiple instruments simultaneously to accompany sparse melodies from her voice and saxophone.
Ashley can also be seen performing in duo project “Aster” with Eli Keszler, duo “Paul and Maurey” with keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Sakiko Mori, trio “Oxtirn »with Geoff Mullen and Keszler and in Anthony Coleman’s “Damaged by Sunlight”. She has performed across the world at such venues as The Stone, NYC, ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn, On Land Festival, San Francisco, Titwrench Festival, Denver, Brooklyn Summer Stage, Merkin Concert Hall and Banlieues Bleues Festival, Paris.
In 2008 she performed the World and US Premiere’s of Phill Niblock’s work composed for her and percussionist Eli Keszler for soprano saxophone and crotales along with Niblock, performed as part of the US Premiere of Mauricio Kagel’s “Der Schall”, and was given a six week artist-in-residencey along side Keszler at ISSUE Project Room. In 2010 Ashley received a Fellowship Grant in composition from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Additionally, she has performed or recorded with Loren Connors, Roscoe Mitchell, Aki Onda, Joe Maneri, Greg Kelley, Seijiro Murayama, Scott Reber (Work/Death), Ran Blake, Satoshi Takeishi, Brad Jones, Bill Nace, Joe Morris and Charles Cohen and has appeared on labels such as REL Records, Digitalis, ESP-Disk’ and New World Records.
Ashley’s solo albums have received high praise being chosen « Album of the Column » in The Wire, number one on Byron Coley and Thurston Moore’s “Tongue Top Ten” in Arthur Magazine, picked on NPR’s All Songs Considered “Best Cassettes of 2010” and on many other « best of » lists over the past few years. She has been interviewed in the German magazine Spex, The Sound Projector magazine and on Rare Frequency. In 2009 she started her own little imprint recently releasing it’s second cassette, Paul & Maurey’s “Satellite”.