American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter”(New York Times) and “a glorious cellist”(The Washington Post) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops”(New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” (New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate's philosophy as a performer. Dynamism drives her to venture into previously uncharted areas of ground-breaking sounds and techniques, breaking the mold of a cello's traditionally perceived voice. For ten years Bathgate was a member of the acclaimed sextet Bang on a Can All-Stars. She is also a member of the chamber music group HOWL, TwoSense with pianist Lisa Moore, and Bonjour, a low-strung, percussive quintet.
Paul Fowler’s music will “work on you from the inside out” (Philadelphia Inquirer), integrating old and new into “emotionally intense” (Washington Post) works which are “radiant, ghostly and shimmering” (New York Times). His works have been commissioned by New York Youth Symphony, The Crossing Choir, San Juan Symphony, Hope Mohr Dance, and Boulder Ballet, and have been heard at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Park Avenue Armory and the National Concert Hall of Taiwan. In 2019 Fort Worth Opera featured Fowler's "Behold the Man" in their Frontiers program — based on the botched and subsequently viral restoration of the "Ecce Homo" fresco in Spain. Other projects include "Singularity," an original evening-length work with 3rd Law Dance/Theater, vocal looping with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and performing as "the Singer" in the Colorado premiere of "Shockheaded Peter" with The Catamounts.
Bathgate resides in Saratoga Springs, NY. (www.ashleybathgate.com)