American composer of acoustic and electroacoustic concert music as well as multimedia installation art. Deemed "raw, elemental," and "richly satisfying" by The New York Times, her work explores the kinetic source of sound, bringing focus to the muscular act of music making and the chaotic behaviours of raw acoustic matter.
Ashley Fure 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. She was a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow at Columbia University in 2014 and joined the Dartmouth College Department of Music as an Assistant Professor of Sonic Arts in September 2015.
Her accolades including the Jezek Prize (2011), a ten-month residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude (2011), Darmstadt Bursary Prize (2012), Staubach Honorarium (2012), Fulbright Fellowship to France (2013), Impuls International Composition Prize (2013), Kranichsteiner Composition Prize (2014), Busoni Prize from the Akademie der Künste in Berlin (2014), Siemens Foundation Commission Grant (2015), and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant for Artists (2016). Notable recent projects include The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects, an immersive intermedia opera commissioned by ICE for the 2016 Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Bound to the Bow for orchestra and electronics commissioned by the 2016 New York Philharmonic Biennial, and Feed Forward for large ensemble commissioned by Klangforum Wien for the 2015 Impuls Festival. Fure's music was featured in a 2016 Miller eater Composers Portrait concert, and has also been performed by Klangforum Wien, Mosaik, ICE, Talea, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Dal Niente, Curious Chamber Players, eighth blackbird, and Calithumpian Consort. Her kinetic installation Tripwire, created with visual artist Jean-Michel Albert, premiered at the 2012 Agora Festival in Paris, has since toured to BOZAR (Belgium), International Digital Arts Biennale/Elektra (Montreal), Seconde Nature (Aix-en-Provence), Stereolux (Nantes), Nemo (Paris), Ososphère (Strasbourg), and Panorama (Tourcoing).
Selected works: Work with the Bones for violin (2004), Clay Teeth for chamber orchestra (2004), Shrapnel for string quartet (2004), Spines for large ensemble (2005), Inescapable for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion (2005), Susurrus for flute, violin, cello, percussion, and electronics (2006), Drips of Hiss for string quartet (2006), Blush for sinfonietta and electronics (2007), Névé for oil drum and instruments (2008), Wire & Wool for cello and electronics (2009), Cyan for orchestra (2009), Pull for electric guitar and percussion (2010), Aperture/Iris for nonet (2010), Tripwire, multimedia installation (2011), Soma for sextet (2012), Veer, multimedia installation (2012), Therefore I Was for cello, piano, and percussion (2012), Hover, multimedia installation (2012), Feed Forward for large ensemble (2014), Something to Hunt for septet (2014), Ply, electroacoustic ballet (2014), Albatross for large ensemble and electronics (2014), The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects, an installation opera (2016), Bound to the Bow for orchestra and electronics (2016), Etudes from the Anthropocene for septet and electronics (2016), Anima for string quartet and electronics (2017).