Peter Ashby is a British composer and musician. He started in the late 70`s with the bedroom punk band Frenzid Melon! A brief spell in the group Blank Screens followed. He then played bass guitar and composed with the 4AD band Spasmodic Caress in the early 80`s, and after that went on to form the pioneering cassette culture band the insane picnic as a multi instrumentalist/composer with Barry Lamb and Owen Turley! He currently composes and records much solo work for the Six Armed Man and Falling A labels and also is a member of progressive band Ermin Grud. As well as recently appearing on Jasun Martz`s The Pillory - The Battle CD, he is currently in collaboration with Italian minimalist composer Fabio Pigato of Art Disappears Completely and French artist/composer/singer Hilda Garman. At the moment he is very productive and new material is being recorded all the time. As well as his role as composer /musician Peter also produces and engineers for British experimental composer Barry Lamb`s solo recordings besides engineering, mastering and graphics work for the Falling A and Six Armed Man labels.
Talented multi instrumentalist and composer Peter Ashby delivers his first fully-fledged solo album for Six Armed Man records. It is a refreshingly progressive take on jazzrock. Egg, Hatfield & the North influences are evident and sit comfortably in a boundary challenging melting pot of jazz, prog rock and an edgy post punk ethos.
Influenced by British freeform / jazz of the early 70` such as Ray Russell and Howard Riley. Keith Tippet .The influence of Debussy is occasionally evident especially in some of the piano work. Early King Crimson (on which Tippet`s piano featured )and the more avant garde elements of progressive music are there such as third ear band. Some influence of Airto Moreira , Opa and Brazillian progressive jazz. Bit of Faust and Can thrown in for good measure. Some industrial influence can be heard too.
- Curtis Bighammer
Question: What do you get when a visionary musician with roots in the cassette culture of the early 80''s and influences as far reaching as Frank Zappa, 70''s progressive rock, Debussy, avant-garde pioneers such as Pierre Henry and many who think outside the boxes of our culture and society.
Answer: A disturbingly fantastic album called "Disturbances in the ether".
Incredible instrumentation. This is a refreshing approach to progressive jazz rock. Zappa influences are evident but this goes beyond what you would expect. The music captures the concept perfectly and engages the listener in a journey of discovery that involves more than the notes that make the music, you''ll appreciate the spaces between the notes and somewhere in the undertow of this album is a story. Rarely in these days of disposable pop music do you find something that resonates with as much depth as "Disturbances in the ether".
"Disturbances In The Ether" is a truly remarkable album. At times it really reminded me of Egg (one of my all time favourite bands) and even Hatfield & The North with loads of other influences thrown in. Beautiful production.
- Tim Jones (Census of Hallucinations)
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