Ashley Walters, cello

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 7:30 pm
Photo of Ashley Walters holding her cello
Cellist Ashley Walters has been praised for her "imposing talents" (Sequenza 21) and "impressive" (Pitchfork) and "beautiful playing" (All About Jazz). She maintains a uniquely diverse career specializing in the performance of microtonal works and repertoire with extended techniques, alternate tunings and improvisation. Free.
Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall
School of Music
School of Music
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Numerous composers have dedicated their works to Walters, including Nicholas Deyoe, Andrew McIntosh, Lewis Nielson, Daniel Rothman, Wadada Leo Smith and Andrew Tholl. Walters is also known for her performances of Sequenza XIV by Luciano Berio, Plainsound-Litany by Wolfgang von Schweinitz and Invisibility by Liza Lim. She has appeared as a soloist on concert series such as Green Umbrella, sfSalonSeries, wasteLAnd music, San Diego New Music, Beyond Baroque, nief-norf Summer Music Festival and Santa Fe Creative Dialogue.

Her debut solo album features four works dedicated to her in addition to works by Berio and Schweinitz. In 2016 she played Lim’s Invisibility at Disney Hall and performed solo recitals in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. A frequent collaborator with legendary trumpeter, improviser and composer Wadada Leo Smith, Walters joined his Golden Quintet in 2016 and recorded his “America’s National Parks” the same year.


  • Nicholas Deyoe: another anxiety
  • Wolfgang von Schweinitz: Plainsound-Litany
  • Wadada Leo Smith: Sweet Bay Magnolia with Berry Clusters
  • Luciano Berio: Sequenza XIV


Photo by Todd H. Carlson