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Bio

Maddie Ashman is a singer songwriter and composer. Much of her practice involves exploring ‘just intonation’, that is pure tuning, drawing parallels between it and how we treat nature and our environment. In 2022, Maddie came 3rd in the international microtonal guitar competition, had string quartet music performed at the Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival, and put on an audiovisual installation at Aldeburgh Festival, commissioned by Britten Pears Arts, which was later shown at COP-27 and Dartington’s Thrive Festival 2023. The EP of microtonal guitar and multi-track voice featured in the installation can be found on her Bandcamp, and has been praised by artists from Floating Points to Meredith Monk to Nico Muhly.

 

Cello is also at the forefront of Maddie’s writing. Since releasing her EP 'Apparently' for cello and vocals, she has been named 6Music's BBC Introducing Track of the Week with the leading track 6AM, and was runner up in BBC 1's live lounge competition 2022. She has received acclaim from many impressive artists, with Tom Grennan commenting 'I've never seen a cello be used the way she used it’. Last summer, Maddie performed at Latitude, and was the opening act in tour shows for Alfie Templeman, Tom Rosenthal, Tom Robinson and more. 

 

Maddie’s last two singles were international collaborations, working with Oscar Anton and Tolgahan Cogulu. She has had airplay on NTS, KEXP and Reprezent radio and has also been featured in publications such as Notion and Clash Magazine. She recently recorded a live session at BBC Maida Vale Studios, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 1.

Maddie's most recent live project was sold out show ETHERS at King's Place in collaboration with FAUZIA. 

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