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Ashley Fure

New York, NY   

Ashley Fure (b. 1982) is an American composer of acoustic and electroacoustic concert music as well as multimedia installation art. Her work explores the kinetic source of sound, bringing focus to the muscular act of music making and the chaotic movement of raw acoustic matter. She holds a PhD in Music Composition from Harvard University and further degrees from IRCAM (Cursus 1 and 2), Oberlin Conservatory, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Currently a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow at Columbia University, Fure will join the Dartmouth College Department of Music as an Assistant Professor of Sonic Arts in September 2015.


Notable recent projects include Ply, a 55-minute electroacoustic ballet commissioned by IRCAM for the 2014 Manifeste Festival; Feed Forward, a sinfonietta commissioned by Klangforum Wien for the 2015 Impuls Festival; Albatross, for large ensemble and electronics, commissioned by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players for the 2014 Sweet Thunder Festival, and Something to Hunt, a sextet commissioned for and premiered by Dal Niente at the 2014 Darmstadt Internationalen Ferienkursen für Neue Musik. Her kinetic installation Tripwire, created with visual artist Jean-Michel Albert, premiered at the 2012 Agora Festival in Paris and has since appeared at BOZAR (Belgium), the International Digital Arts Biennale/Elektra (Montreal), Seconde Nature (Aix-en-Provence), Stereolux (Nantes), Nemo (Paris), l’Ososphère (Strasbourg), and Panorama (Tourcoing). 


Winner of the 2014 Kranichstein Music Prize, Fure also received a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship to France, a 2013 Impuls International Composition Prize, a 2012 Darmstadt Stipendienpreis, a 2012 Staubach Honorarium, a 2011 Jezek Prize, a 10-month residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude, an Adalbert W. Sprague Prize, two ISCM World Music Days nominations, a George Arthur Knight Prize, an SCI/ASCAP Young Composer’s Prize, an IAWM Pauline Oliveros Prize, and a Blodgett Composition Prize.

SOMETHING TO HUNT (2014) – for septet

Something to Hunt was premiered by Dal Niente, at the 2014 Internationalen Ferienkursen für Neue Musik in Darmstadt where it received the Kranichsteiner Musicpreis.

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TRIPWIRE (2011), Kinetic Installation

Created with visual artist Jean-Michel Albert, Tripwire is a large-scale multimedia installation comprised of 24 motorized elastic strings. Set in motion by a software platform that synchronizes motor speed with moving sound and light, a vibrant screen of synesthetic waveforms comes to life. Speakers lining the base of the structure act as the voice of each oscillation – as though the strings themselves were sounding; as though the machine were a mammoth double bass.

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SOMA (2012) – for sextet

Soma is the second in a series of works engaging a specific psychological referent: my grandmother, who has advanced Parkinson’s Disease. Instruments act out the disconnect her sickness causes between psychological intent and physical execution. Aberrations in placement, pressure, angle, force, and speed distort instrumental technique and interrupt the correlation between effort and audibility.

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