Ashleigh Gordon has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Hong Kong, ranging from solo, chamber and orchestral music settings to off-Broadway and new music productions.
Passionate about contemporary music, Ashleigh performs regularly with Boston's Callithumpium Consort, NYC's ECCE Ensemble, Providence's Ensemble Parallex and is founder and violist of Sound Energy. Her work in the late 20th and 21st century new music world has led her to work and record with Switzerland's Ensemble Proton, Germany's Ensemble Modern and Boston's BMOP. Excited by collaborations, Ashleigh enjoys working with living composers and has worked with Beat Furrer, Thomas Adès, Heinz Holliger, Luca Francesconi, Chaya Czernowin, Steve Reich, Matthias Pintscher and Jeffrey Mumford among many others. Comfortable on an international stage, Ashleigh has performed in Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall (Boston), the DiMenna Center (NYC), SEAMUS Conference for electronic music (Virginia Tech), Konzerthaus Berlin and Oper Frankfurt (Germany), Gare du Nord and Dampfzentrale Bern (Switzerland), Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the Lee Hysan Concert Hall (Hong Kong) among other venues. This August, she looks forward to performing contemporary chamber works in the second annual multi-disciplinary 180 Degrees Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Ashleigh is a firm believer in holistic teaching and strives to spark curiosity in the arts, foster necessary life skills through music and serve as a mentor to each child. As an advocate of social change through education, she is a viola instructor in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's Intensive Community Program (ICP), a rigorous string instrumental program which provides instruction to populations often underrepresented in classical music. Prior to ICP, she served as a teaching artist, mentor and violist of musiConnects, a unique organization serving students, communities and families through the transformative power of chamber music.
Equally invested as an arts entrepreneur, Ashleigh is Co-Artistic Director and violist of Castle of our Skins, a Boston-based concert and educational series devoted to celebrating Black Artistry through music. With Castle of our Skins, she has helped create thought-provoking concert experiences that blend music and spoken word with history and culture at the Museum of African American History and Roxbury Community College. As a teaching artist, she has co-designed and led educational workshops for over 500 youths in the Greater Boston area primary schools and community centers. In recognition for her innovative advocacy of social and cultural awareness, she has given presentations at IDEAS UMass Boston and 180 Degrees Festival in Sofia, and has been featured in print and on air in the June 2015 International Musician Magazine, the Boston Globe and All Ears podcast.
Ashleigh attended the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt, a year-long program in Germany focused on the study and performance of contemporary music. As the sole IEMA violist, she studied and performed with members of Ensemble Modern with highlight appearances at IRCAM (Paris),Royaumont Abbeye (France), and the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (Germany). Continuing her new music passion throughout her summers, Ashleigh has participated in numerous festivals in Germany, Austria, France, England and North America including the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and 46 Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany studying with the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Modern and Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne among others. Along with receiving a Master of Contemporary Music degree from IEMA, Ashleigh received degrees in viola performance from the New England Conservatory and Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. Her primary teachers include Carol Rodland and Louise Zeitlin with supplemental solo and chamber music studies with Stephen Drury, Eric Rosenblith and Mai Motobuchi of the Borromeo String Quartet. She is a 2015 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award recipient and can be heard on chamber music recordings under the Mode, Siemens, Navona and Musiques-Suisse record labels.
Flautist Adrienne Baker is a freelance musician and educator in the Greater Boston area. Passionate about the accessibility of classical music, she serves as Director of Community Engagement and Outreach for Castle of Our Skins celebrating Black Artistry in music. As a music educator, she also maintains a private studio that boasts students of all ages and levels of playing. This summer Adrienne attended the Imani Chamber Winds Festival in New York City with scholarship, where she premiered the new work, telller, by Sequoia Sellinger. Other projects and activities include educational workshops through the Nabi Music Center and the plans for the Fall Season with Castle of our Skins.
Adrienne received her Baccalaureate in Music from Ithaca College and Master of Music at the Longy School of Music at Bard College. Her flute instructors have included Alan Weiss, Susan Milan, Trudy Kane and Robert Willoughby and Joan Sparks.
Adrienne can be heard on Soundcloud at www.soundcloud.com/flutepursuit. To follow her blog, visit www.flutepursuit.wordpress.com