Ashley Walters



Ashley Walters

Ashley Walters ... played Berio's late Sequenza XIV for solo cello with the kind of brilliance that beckons a major new performer on the new music scene.

 –Mark Swed, LA Times


Upcoming Performances

Upcoming Performances

Current Season

August 3, 2017

Continuum Music Festival

story booth, Memphis

Representing Nief-Norf with Jay Sorce, guitar performing Sequenza XIV by Luciano Berio, the premiere of false certainty | fear of the unknown | deafening ignorance (b) by Nicholas Deyoe, and the premiere of Bandwidth by Erin Rogers. 

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September 19, 2017

The (nearly) Complete Sequenzas by Luciano Berio

Tuesdays @ Monk Space, 8pm

Los Angeles, CA

Performing Sequenza XIV by Luciano Berio for solo cello. 

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September 23, 2017

Cello/Percussion Recital

Southern Utah University, 8pm

Cedar City, Utah

Performing Sequenza XIV for solo cello and Bells and Tides by Jenny Hettne, Re-Echo by Katy Abbott, and Spark by Geoff Shiel with percussionist Lynn Vartan. 


October 12,13, 14, and 15, 2017

Wadada Leo Smith Ten Freedom Summers Tour

Austin, Texas (12); Houston, Texas (13); New Orleans, LA (14); and Alabama (15)

Exact locations/times TBA. 

Performing as a member of RedKoral alongside Smith's Golden Quartet. 


October 20, 2017

Sweet Anxiety Released on Populist Records

Sweet Anxiety presents six works for solo cello by Berio, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Nicholas Deyoe, Andrew McIntosh, and Wadada Leo Smith. 

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October 20, 2017

Joint Release Party and Concert with Nicholas Deyoe

Thymele Arts (5481 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA), 7-10pm


Composer Nicholas Deyoe and cellist Ashley Walters celebrate the release of their new albums 'For Duane' and 'Sweet Anxiety,' out Oct. 20 on Populist Records. This FREE concert features selected music from both albums, played by some of LA's most exciting performers. Local wizards Solarc Brewing are creating a special beer just for the occasion. There will also be cupcakes and other tasty items (some of which will be Vegan/Gluten Free).

7pm - Doors Open. Come early to enjoy a beer before the show!
8pm - Music
9pm - Post concert time to hang out with the musicians, pick up albums, and enjoy more Solarc!

Program includes music by Nicholas Deyoe, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Wadada Leo Smith, and a reading by Allison Carter performed by Ashley Walters and Nicholas Deyoe with Stephanie Aston, Matt Barbier, Rachel Beetz, Dustin Donahue, Batya MacAdam-Somer, Andrew McIntosh, Adrianne Pope, Andrew Tholl, and Scott Worthington.

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November 18, 2017

wild Up and Solo Cello Performance

Walt Disney Concert Hall

8 pm and 11 pm

Performing in two concerts at Disney Hall as part of the Noon to Midnight fesitval.

8pm with wild Up: works by Andrew Tholl, Du Yun, Scott Walker, and Pauline Oliveros. 

11-midnight: solo cello recital. Performing  Plainsound Litany by Wolfgang von Schweinitz and Sweet Bay Magnolia with Berry Clusters by Wadada Leo Smith. 

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December 12, 2017

Ashley Walters SFSU Residency

San Francisco State University

Knuth Hall, 7:30pm

Residency working with composition and performance students at SFSU. 

Solo recital at 7:30 pm: another anxiety by Nicholas Deyoe, Plainsound-Litany by Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Sweet Bay Magnolia with Berry Clusters by Wadada Leo Smith, and Sequenza XIV by Berio.

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December 15 and 16, 2017

CREATE Festival

San Francisco, CA

The Lab, 8:00pm

Performing at two-day festival celebrating the music of Wadada Leo Smith, including performances of his String Quartets and America's National Parks with Smith's Golden Quintet (Smith, Anthony Davis, John Linderg, and Pheeroan akLaff, and Ashley Walters). 


January 22, 2018

Formalist Quartet Recital

UC Santa Barbara, CA

Karl Geiringer Hall, 4:30pm

Formalist Quartet Residency and concert featuring six world premieres by: Brandon Rolle, Heena Yoon, Nick Norton, Mason Hock, Rodney Duplessis, and Marc Evans. 

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January 27 and 28, 2018

Wadada Leo Smith Golden Quintet Residency

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

Smith's Golden Quintet performs America's National Parks and presents guest lectures during the two-day residency. Walters presentation, Performer-Composer Collaborations in the 21st Century, will discuss the collaboration between cellist Rohan de Saram and composer Luciano Berio as a jumping off point for her own collaborations and projects. This seminar will include conversations about notation, interpretation, and extended techniques for the cello, as well as a brief performance.

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February 2, 2018

Brightwork newmusic

San Bernardino, CA

Cal State San Bernardino, 7:30pm

Joining Brightwork New Music as a guest cellist to perform a fully staged performance of Peter Maxwell Davies,' Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot, featuring soprano Stacey Fraser. 

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February 9, 2018

Brightwork newmusic

Pasadena, CA

Boston Court, 8pm

Joining Brightwork New Music as a guest cellist to perform a fully staged performance of Peter Maxwell Davies,' Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot, featuring soprano Stacey Fraser. 

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February 17, 2018

People Inside Electronics

The Origin of Monsters

Pasadena, CA

Throop Church, 8pm

Élise Roy (flute), Stephanie Aston (soprano), and Ashley Walters (cello) tackle an exciting program of innovative work for instruments and electronics by Eliza Brown and Natacha Diels alongside premieres by Kurt Isaacson, and Élise Roy.

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March 4, 2018

Brightwork New Music

Cal State Northridge

Cypress Recital Hall, 7:30pm

Joining Brightwork New Music as a guest cellist to perform two sextets by Dan Kessner and Liviu Marinescu, and Liza Lim's solo cello work, Invisibility. 


April 5, 2018

Colloquium at Princeton University

Lewis Center for the Arts, 4:30pm

Presenting a solo cello lecture-recital. Repertoire: Sequenza XIV by Berio, another anxiety by Nicholas Deyoe, Another Secular Calvinist Creed by Andrew McIntosh, Sweet Bay Magnolia by Wadada Leo Smith, and Plainsound-Litany by Wolfgang von Schweinitz. 


April 8, 2018

Wadada Leo Smith's CREATE Festival

New Haven, CT

Firehouse 12, 7pm

A two-day festival featuring the work of Wadada Leo Smith. Premiering Peace, Love and Liberty: Compassion and Respect For a Tolerant World: A Suite with Smith's Golden Quintet.

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April 16, 2018

Monday Evening Concerts

Los Angeles, CA

Zipper Hall, 8pm

Performing Aspern Suite by Salvatore Sciarrino and Dufay Bearbeitungen by Isabel Mundry.

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June 7-25

Nief-Norf Music Festival

Knoxville, TN

Performing, coaching, and teaching at an interdisciplinary summer music festival, bringing together dozens of performers, composers, and scholars to collaborate on the performance, creation, and discussion of contemporary music.

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Septemer 23, 2018

Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey, CA

Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quintet performs the complete America's National Parks.


January 26, 2019

Jazz at Lincoln Center

New York City, NY

The Appel Room, 9:30pm

Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quintet performs the complete America's National Parks.

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