Pianist Ashlee Mack has given recitals in Germany, Italy, and across the United States. Specializing in contemporary music, she has premiered works by many notable composers including Christian Carey, Matthew Heap, David Maki, Robert Morris, Lawrence Moss, Paul Paccione, Bruce Quaglia, James Romig, Edward Taylor, and David Vayo. In 2012, she and Katherine Palumbo founded the Khasma Piano Duo, an ensemble dedicated to performing music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Their albums are available on CD Baby, Amazon, and iTunes. Other solo and chamber recordings by Mack can be heard on Navona Records, Parallax Music Press, Perspectives of New Music/Open Space, and New World Records, with upcoming releases on Innova and Parma. An avid hiker and nature enthusiast, she has been an artist-in-residence at Wupatki National Monument, Everglades National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, and Centrum in Fort Worden State Park, WA. In 2017, she premiered James Romig’s 55-minute piano solo, Still, which was recognized as a Finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music. She has since presented the work more than twenty times, including performances at the Clyfford Still Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic Cedar Rock estate in Quasqueton, IA. Mack is Director of Piano Studies at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
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9/4/19 | 7:30PM — Still by James Romig at Western Illinois University—Pulitzer Prize Finalist celebration
9/12/19 | 7:30PM — Still by James Romig at Illinois State University
9/22/19 | 4:00PM — Still by James Romig at Webster University
10/12/19 | 10:00AM — Still by James Romig at Eastern Illinois University, SCI Region V Conference
11/2/19 | 7:00PM — world premiere of Replicas for piano and orchestra by James Romig with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony
12/2/19 | 8:30PM — Still by James Romig at The Stone in NYC
2/9/20 | 3:00PM — Khasma Piano Duo performs works by Boulez, Debussy, and Messiaen on the Illinois College Fine Arts Series
2/14/20 | 7:30PM — Khasma Piano Duo performs works by Boulez, Debussy, and Messiaen at Millikin University
2/16/20 | 3:00PM — Khasma Piano Duo performs works by Boulez, Debussy, and Messiaen at Knox College
4/5/20 | 3:00PM — Khasma Piano Duo performs works by Boulez, Debussy, and Messiaen at Wake Forest University
4/6/20 | 8:00PM — Khasma Piano Duo performs works by Boulez, Debussy, and Messiaen at West Virginia University
"Pianist Ashlee Mack gives the music an eloquent, gently electric charge."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"This pianist finds novel ways of wringing out color from the dense chords and intriguing harmony.....nicely programmed and wonderfully played."
—New Music Connoisseur
"Mack....provides a sterling interpretation. [She] voices the harmony skillfully, allowing the piece-long progression to be presented with abundant clarity."
"...challenging music, impeccably prepared.....strong and confident performance."
"Ashlee Mack's performance displayed impeccable voicing and perfect control of the often highly exposed and rarefied musical material."
—Iowa Composers Forum
"...confidently and expertly performed....totally captivating and always interesting from beginning to end."
—Society of Composers, Inc.