Ashley Au

bassist, composer, teacher, musician

PROFILE

A multifaceted bassist, composer, arranger, and educator. Specializes in upright and electric basses (4-string, 5-string, and fretless) as well as guitar. Extensive performing, recording, and touring experience in a wide array of styles including jazz, funk, blues, soul, hip-hop, R&B, Americana, rock, and folk.

EDUCATION

BRANDON UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF MUSIC — B.MUS (JAZZ BASS PERFORMANCE) 2011

PRINCIPAL TEACHERS

Gilles Fournier, Double Bass (Jazz), Brandon University
Crystal Tait, Double Bass, Brandon University
Jesse Dietschi, Double Bass, Principal Bassist, Kindred Spirits Orchestra, Toronto, ON

RECORDED WORK (SELECTED)

2018 - COMET - CARLY DOW, WINNIPEG, MB
2017 - ORCHARD SEASON - SPRUCE & THE MEADOWLARK, WINNIPEG, MB
2016 - WINTER WHEAT - JOHN K. SAMSON, WINNIPEG, MB
2015 - WAVES EP - ODANAH, WINNIPEG, MB
2015 - BEAUTIFUL THINGS - BRADY ENSLEN, MEDICINE HAT, AB
2015 - INGRAINED - CARLY DOW, WINNIPEG, MB
2015 - WINTER TOUR EP - BRETT NELSON, WINNIPEG, MB

LIVE WORK (SELECTED)

2018 - COMET WESTERN CANADA TOUR - CARLY DOW
2018 - CHUCK COPENACE GROUP - GUATEMALA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE, GUATEMALA CITY & ANTIGUA
2018 - SUPER DUTY TOUGH WORK - DILLA DAY CANADA, WINNIPEG, MB
2017 - JOHN K SAMSON & THE WINTER WHEAT - CALGARY FOLK FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE, CALGARY, AB
2017 - CARLY DOW - HILLSIDE FESTIVAL, GUELPH, ON
2017 - JOHN K SAMSON & THE WINTER WHEAT - WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE, WINNIPEG, MB
2016 - WINTER WHEAT RELEASE - JOHN K. SAMSON & THE WINTER WHEAT - MOD CLUB, TORONTO, ON
2016 - WINTER WHEAT RELEASE - JOHN K. SAMSON & THE WINTER WHEAT - WECC, WINNIPEG, MB
2015 - SILVERHILL RELEASE - SCOTT NOLAN BAND - PARK THEATRE - WINNIPEG, MB
2015 - WESTERN TOUR - ODANAH - VARIOUS
2015 - BEAUTIFUL THINGS CROSS-CANADA TOUR - BRADY ENSLEN  - VARIOUS
2015 - INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS - CHUCK COPENACE - THE MET, WINNIPEG, MB
2015 - HARVEST SUN FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE - SCOTT NOLAN - KELWOOD, MB
2015 - GATEWAY FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE - JOHN K. SAMSON - BENGOUGH, SK
2015 - FOR THE TURNSTILES - WINNIPEG CONTEMPORARY DANCERS, JOHN K. SAMSON, CHRISTINE FELLOWS, JASON TAIT - GAS STATION ARTS CENTRE - WINNIPEG, MB

ENSEMBLES & BANDS (SELECTED)

JOHN K. SAMSON
SCOTT NOLAN BAND
CARLY DOW
CASIMIR GRUWEL
CHUCK COPENACE
SUPER DUTY TOUGH WORK
BRETT NELSON

COMPOSITIONAL COMMISSIONS

2018 - GRATITUDES - ART HOLM SERIES - WEST END CULTURAL CENTRE
2018 - I TRACE YOU, YOU TRACE ME - WEATHER PARADE DANCE THEATRE - ASPER CENTRE FOR THEATRE & FILM
2017 - AS THOUGH I HAD WINGS - WINNIPEG’S CONTEMPORARY DANCERS - RACHEL BROWNE THEATRE
2016 - A SMALL IDEA - WEATHER PARADE DANCE THEATRE - MANITOBA THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
2015 - FOR THE TURNSTILES - WINNIPEG’S CONTEMPORARY DANCERS, W/ JOHN K. SAMSON, CHRISTINE FELLOWS, JASON TAIT - GAS STATION ARTS CENTRE

ASSOCIATIONS

GIRLS ROCK WINNIPEG - BOARD OF DIRECTORS - 2017 - PRESENT
CREATIVE MANITOBA - BOARD OF DIRECTORS - 2016 - PRESENT