Pianist Ashlee Mack has given recitals in Germany, Italy, and across the United States. Specializing in contemporary music, she has commissioned many new works and given numerous world-premiere performances. In 2012, Mack and Katherine Palumbo founded the Khasma Piano Duo, an ensemble dedicated to performing and recording music by living composers. Her recordings can be heard on Capstone, Innova, Navona Records, Parallax Music Press, Perspectives of New Music/Open Space, and New World Records. An avid hiker and nature lover, she has been 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. Mack’s recording of James Romig’s Still, finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music, was recognized in The New Yorker (“compelling and sure-handed”) and San Francisco Chronicle (“Mack gives the music an eloquent, gently electric charge”). She has presented Still more than 30 times, including performances at the Clyfford Still Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic Cedar Rock Estate, and The Stone in New York City. Mack is Director of Piano Studies at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
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3/17/22 | 8:00PM — Still, by James Romig | Penn State University | Eisenhower Chapel | WEBSITE
3/22/22 | 7:30PM — Still, by James Romig | Francis Marion University | FMU Performing Arts Center | WEBSITE
4/14/22 | 7:30PM — James Romig Faculty Composition Recital with Tony Oliver, vibraphone | Western Illinois University | COFAC Recital Hall | WEBSITE
5/29/22 | 2:00PM — Mixtape Recital Series with Rachel Sitomer, soprano | Prism Annapolis
3/3/23 | 7:30PM — Khasma Piano Duo | University of Wisconsin-Whitewater | Light Recital Hall
3/4/23 | 7:30PM — Khasma Piano Duo | Knox College | Kresge Recital Hall
3/6/23 - 3/7/23 | 7:30pm -- Khasma Piano Duo | Featured Guests at Western Illinois University New Music Festival | COFAC Recital Hall
TBA — Khasma Piano Duo | Ball State University New Music Festival
TBA — more Khasma Piano Duo 10th anniversary tour dates!
"Pianist Ashlee Mack gives the music an eloquent, gently electric charge."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"...compelling and sure-handed..."
—The New Yorker
"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.