Photo by Joanne Savio.

“With his relatively minimal means, Mr. Ashley sets out to explore huge and loss, memory and dream and conjecture, public authority and private experience, materialism and spirituality. [Mr. Ashley’s operas] remind listeners that the mind offers a far more expansive stage than any theater.” — The New York Times (Jon Pareles)


A concert of the music of TOM HAMILTON features a new setting of Ashley's text/song, A Last Futile Stab af Fun
(Tom Hamilton, music and electronics; Mimi Johnson, speaker) and an earlier work entitled Beacon (Tom Hamilton, music and electronics; Jacqueline Martelle, flute).

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 9:00 PM

Experimental Intermedia
224 Centre Street (at Grand), Third Floor
New York, NY 10013



Fondation Cartier Paris has made available a video document of their October 3, 2016 presentation about the work of Robert Ashley, "Autour de Robert Ashley".

Published on Dec 12, 2016. Produced by Lumento for the Fondation Cartier.

Curating : Maxime Guitton, en collaboration avec Mimi Johnson
Avec Reinier van Houdt (pour la pièce Maneuvers for Small Hands)
Performance, salles d'écoute et salon de lecture


And Quicksand was on New York Times writer Zachary Woolfe's list of Best Classical Music of 2016.

"There is no singing, per se, in this work, the final experiment in opera created by the composer Robert Ashley before his death in 2014 and staged with surreal elegance at the Kitchen in January by the choreographer Steve Paxton. But in Ashley’s recorded narration of an enigmatic spy story — his voice mellow, weary and wry — he, as ever, directs us to the musical nature of speech: smooth and staccato rhythms, pitches quietly rising and falling, unexpected pockets of feeling. [Read the review]

Contact/Information: Mimi Johnson, Performing Artservices, Inc.: