Ashia Bison Rouge
Cellist – Vocalist – Composer
With my cello, voice and electronic effects and loopstations, I take my audiences on captivating, distant journeys of electronic, pulsating, multi-layered orchestral pieces and ambient, classical, familiar nostalgic songs.
“Trust. Take your loved one under your arm and commit.
My relationship with the cello is one of the longest in my life. It hasn’t always been easy and there were many times I wanted to quit. I even once flew it over the Atlantic without insurance and if it would have disappeared I wouldn’t have gotten a new cello. I had decided, it would have been over. But it was there at the luggage return, an old friend, not willing to let me go and reminding me that commitment is essential.”
“Surrender. Embracing and surrendering to the moment is a great part of being a musician. It’s a sensitivity you grow into over time. Before I go onstage I prepare internally – anything can happen and I can improvise if need be. The power can go out, a string could break, etc… I embrace that moment, surrender into it, and take my audience on that journey with me.”
“Defiance. It’s been partly my defiance of the status quo that has kept me on my path in my music and live compositions. I’m often told that if I were to add drums, electronic beats, or a backing band, that I’d be ‘more popular’. That’s exactly missing the point- Everything that I work with stems from acoustic natural sounds, and every part of every song in the arrangements has a meaning, has an emotion, to the whole. I’ve collected the heartbeat of my son for a song. It was a huge decision to make – the heartbeat of the unborn for a song? It’s the most natural, and powerful beat, and not replaceable by anything electronic. This speaks. This has a soul.”