Foto: Saskia Uppenkamp
Bison Rouge is the electronic x classical solo project of the award winning composer, cellist, and vocalist Ashia Grzesik. In the last two years she has won the Tech Open Air ‘Battle of Sounds’ (2019), and along with her team, the c/o Pop Festival Diana ‘AI Songwriting Competition’ (2020). A Wrocław, PL born, raised in Seattle, USA, and now based in Berlin, Germany artist, she has also performed with Stegreif Orchestra, the Portland Cello Project, Arstidir, and Cirque du Soleil. She is endorsed by the virtual instrument company Orchestral Tools and co-composed a piece with Frederick Theysson as part of their ‘Creative Sound Packs’ Artist Showcase.
“With virtuosic arpeggios, pizzicato passages, and lowered bass, orchestral textures and the sound of a multiplied instrument is created with the aid of effects.“ (Stereo, May 2016)
In her performances, Bison Rouge, carefully takes the listener into the deep dark woods of a sci-fi fairytale and out into the arms of a beloved friend with her captivating, expressive voice and cello playing. Along with her command of looping pedals and effects she creates distant journeys of electronic, pulsating, multi-layered orchestral pieces and then deconstructs them down into ambient, classical, and familiar nostalgic songs.
She has released the albums “Diesel vs Lungs“ (2013) and “ODER“ (2015) on JARO Median to critical acclaim.
“Captivating… a singular talent and a huge creative force” Portland Mercury
» Ashia Bison Rouge nimmt die Zuschauer sanft, fesselnd, und betörend mit ihre fantastischen Märchenwelten.« Hannover Allgemeine
In 2018 she had the honor of performing and giving workshops at the Shanghai World Music Festival. In Fall of 2017 she arranged and performed a Schubert Lied mixed with the song ‘Nature Boy‘ for the acclaimed Orchester im Treppenhaus production of ‘Dark Ride‘, a haunted house journey with classical-contemporary music. In the Spring of 2015, Ashia Bison Rouge had the honor to perform her solo project songs with the Salem Chamber Orchestra in Oregon. Ashia has written and performed pieces for the Artistik shows ‘dUMMY LAB‘ (Hannover-Berlin, 2013, NetherlandTour 2015, Berlin 2015) and ‘Der Helle Wahnsinn‘ (Berlin, 2014 & 2016). She has written for theater and recieved a Portland ‘Drammy Award‘ for Best Original Music for ‘The Gray Sisters‘ written by Craig Wright (2010).