When I started using my Theo Wanne Earth mouthpiece I felt liberated! The mouthpiece allowed me to play more freely throughout the registers, which gave me room to be more creative and expressive. It also allowed me to stand out in a crowd, and helped me to cut through and project more than any other mouthpiece.
Ashley Keiko is an up and coming saxophonist, composer, singer/songwriter and entrepreneur who has studied classical piano, alto saxophone, and has taught music for many years. Ashley has performed at major venues such as the Apollo Theater in New York City and Wollongong University in Australia. She has also performed for Steve Harvey, on the nationally syndicated TV game show, Family Feud. Ashley’s performance experience includes participation as lead saxophonist for the York College Blue Notes and for venues such as Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem and Live at the Gantries. Her debut album, “Pursuit of Harmony”, was released in November of 2020, which features Ashley’s originals and covers of classics, while displaying her smooth jazz saxophone tones across genres of hip hop, R&B, pop, and gospel. The album also features Ashley’s newly debuted soothing and serene vocals. Ashley received her Masters in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. While at Columbia University, Ashley also studied abroad at The Arts College at Xiamen University, Fujian Province, China, where she practiced music and reflected on the ways in which culture, language, and the arts intersect in a trans-cultural world. Prior to her graduate coursework and study abroad, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance at School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at The New School. Alongside her roles as performer, music educator and music advocate, Ashley expanded her music academy, Keiko Studios, in January 2018 with the grand opening of a store front location that caters to adults and children who aim to explore the importance of music and music expression. Ashley’s academy supports communities where opportunities for music education are limited. Since the opening, the academy has been featured on Now This News and has been recognized by both of Ashley’s alma maters.
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Pursuit of Harmony – 2021
Q:What is your internal experience when you feel REALLY connected to the music?
A:When I’m really connected to the music it is an emotional experience for me. In the moment, the music becomes a part of my body and soul, and I feel like nothing can stop me from letting it out and sharing those emotions with the people around me. This experience, in my opinion, is the greatest achievement as a musician, because one is no longer worried about the theory and technique.
- School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at The New School – B Mus
- Columbia University M Mus
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