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Ashley Fure (b. 1982) is an American composer of acoustic and electroacoustic concert music as well as intermedia installation art. Called “raw, elemental,” and “richly satisfying” by the New York Times, her work explores the kinetic source of sound, bringing focus to the muscular act of music making and the chaotic behaviors of raw acoustic matter. She holds a PhD in Music Composition from Harvard University and further degrees from IRCAM (Cursus 1 and 2), Oberlin Conservatory and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Fure was a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow at Columbia University in 2014 and joined the Dartmouth College Department of Music as an Assistant Professor of Sonic Arts in September 2015.  

Photo by Justin Hoke

Photo by Justin Hoke

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I compose with complex timbres drawn from extended instrumental techniques and found objects such as scraped metal and bowed cardboard. These noises front an acoustic wildness intentionally abated in conventional musical practice. And yet, the precision of classical instruments opens avenues of transformation closed to noise in its raw state. Virtuosity and crudeness face-off in my work, circling an aesthetic region between embellishment and fact, between sound as a carrier of aesthetic intent and sound as a subsidiary effect of action.  


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Bound to the Bow, for Orchestra and Electronics, is named a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Fure wins the 2017 Rome Prize in Music Composition and a Guggenheim Fellowship

Read David Allen's beautifully written profile of Fure's work for the New York Times.   

 

David Allen's feature length profile of Fure for the New York Times.

David Allen's feature length profile of Fure for the New York Times.