As our featured for the 2017 edition of Counterflows, Ashley will be performing new work with an exclusive expanded ensemble. She will also be doing a series of intimate solo shows, as well as a one-off collaboration with Berlin-based artist Rashad Becker.
Ashley Paul is an American performer/ composer currently based in London. We were first attracted to Ashley’s work by her striking take on song form; a delicate but utterly focussed tip-toeing between melodic free-form structures and scratching, scraping, clattering sound, bridging the liminal gap between intimate bedroom folk stylings and the unpredictable dynamics of early British improvisation. Despite being schooled in jazz and improvisation, Ashley subverts and re-configures learned practice in a way that feel oddly singular, allowing her to craft an unvarnished and deeply personal form of music.
“Is it arranged? Is it made up on the spot?… sometimes sounds as if she’s got nothing to do with any tradition at all — rather, a songwriter with a diaristic, private and flexible sense of what a song is.” – New York Times