Ashley Bieniarz

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Bartley Knives Album Release

Still feeling the high of such a successful show last night. Bartley Knives and Sophie Stephens and I shared the staged in a songwriter’s circle-esque performance at the Handsome Daughter. Alternating between each of our own tunes and sharing little stories in between kept the momentum and the show never felt like it was dragging on too long. After the three of us performed together, Bartley performed a solo set to promote his new album “Lone Goose” which he should be so proud of. (It’s so freaking good)

I’ve included some photos below from the performance and I truly recommend you go and check out the music of these two talented people. They really are such wonderful people and you will seriously enjoy their music.

Ah, I feel so good right now. I can’t wait to finish the songs I’m working on right now to share at another upcoming show. Stay tuned if you wanna hear them!

Sound, Phrase and Fury Feature

My friend, and other half of Team Summer, Graeme Houssin interviewed me about my involvement in the music community as a performer and podcast host. I was nervous to talk about myself but they made me so comfortable and we had a lot of fun. Graeme also has killer writing skills so it all worked out! You can read the four page interview here, on page 14-17! Let me know what you think and be sure to tell Graeme how awesome of a job they did!

John Cage Prepared Piano Performance

With my interest in 20th century music, Professor Horton and I decided to work on some prepared piano pieces composed by John Cage. I had the opportunity to perform the pieces in a Midday recital for my classmates and it was one of the most terrifying experiences. I avoid performing in front of my classmates as much as possible. Performing classical music confidently isn't exactly my strong point, although I had been working on it throughout the four years of my degree.

Prepared piano is a 20th century style of performance where with objects placed on or between the strings, or some strings retuned, to produce an unusual tonal effect. In the case of the two pieces I played, I needed two separate pianos because the preparations were different for each. Weather stripping, Stove bolts and wood screws were used and before I came on to give a little explanation about the pieces, Professor Horton came onto the stage and set the preparations in front of everyone. 

I was so nervous my eyeballs were vibrating. Luckily I made it through the performance and was alarmed by the warm and receptive applause. I was beaming and this is definitely one of my proudest moments of my degree.

Once I was finished many students, mostly composition majors, rushed to the stage to see what the preparations looked like. It was so exciting since prepared piano isn't performance very often 

Here is some footage of the live performance.

New Music Night - February 7, 2018

Participated in New Music Night at the Goodwill through Manitoba Music and had such a wonderful time performing in front of a friends! I can't believe how great the sound is in that place. I finally got to hear and meet Brandon based songwriter Mitchell Mozdzen. He is amazingly talented and I'm going to keep my eye on him~!

Here are some pictures taken from Manitoba Music: