The Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble boldly explores new repertoire for brass from different cultures around the globe, with an incredible line up of composers and instrumentalists from different disciplines and musical spheres. A melting pot of Indian ragas, Japanese Gagaku, Argentinian tangos and ancient Celtic tradition, via American improvised and classical music, gives rise to a release of sparkling originality, where daring instrumentations are perfectly matched with sublime performances from this true ‘world’ ensemble.
he Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble (GABE) was founded in London in 1992, drawing its players from a variety of acclaimed orchestras, groups and prestigious academic institutions. Acclaimed as one of the world’s most innovative ensembles, GABE has given concert s throughout Europe, USA, Scandinavia & Australia.
On their previous release with Signum, The Music of James Pugh & Daniel Schnyder:
“The Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble has produced an exceptionally fine recording. The playing is beautiful, spacious, playful, and mysterious. I have listened to it many times and it is better every time! ”
International Horn Society
"One of the most striking divergences has come from the Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble, a U.S. group that has offered several contemporary experiments ... The detailed notes to the first piece, Raga (performed with Indian tabla player Ustad Kadar Khan and his wife, sitarist Bina Kalavant), are well worth scrutinizing for their detailed and conscientious approach to the problem of cross-cultural collaboration ... The program is so diverse that it’s easy to forget you’re listening to a brass album - but the medium links all the music together. Highly recommended for ... new experiences in collaboration"
"A really worth-while extension of the brass ensemble repertoire…Recommended unreservedly."
"he Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble has produced an exceptionally fine recording. The playing is beautiful, spacious, playful, and mysterious. I have listened to it many times and it is better every time."