Ashley Tini is a percussionist, hair-stylist and former graffiti artist born and currently based in South Philadelphia. Her work seeks to create altered states by challenging concepts of ritual and their relation to time and place. Equally versed in 20th and 21st century concert music, free improv, Ghanaian Ewe, and Central African Pygmy music. Tini is invested in music that refracts folkloric concepts through contemporary contexts.
As a concert marimba player, she has performed solo and chamber works by Steve Reich, Susie Ibarra, Mohammed Fairouz and Matthew Welch at venues like Carnegie Hall, the Kauffman, and the Kimmel Center, but she's also committed to performing in DIY spaces and institutional settings. Tini has also been a featured guest on concerts and recordings by Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think, and Feist.
Duomo, her chamber duo with percussionist Emily Strachan, specializes in commissioning works by living women composers who offer new presentations for percussion.
Tini has devoted extensive research to Exotica, a genre that spawned its own set of cultural rituals by taking traditional music completely out of context. In summer 2016, she will be a resident artist at the estate of famed Exotica composer Elisabeth Waldo, who studied with Jascha Heifetz and worked closely with Les Baxter, Yma Sumac, and Billy May. Together, they will premiere a concert of chamber music for indigenous Pre-Columbian American instruments.
Ashley holds a Bachelors of Music in performance from The University of Kansas, where she studied under Ji Hye Jung. Her work appears on the Naxos, Ecstatic, Constellation and High Two Labels.
Tini is a featured artist on VicFirth.com.
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