On Febrary 4, Miller Theatre opens its Composer Portraits series with the music of young New York composer Ashley Fure. The New York Times's David Allen highlights Fure's compositional style, method, and execution while praising both her impressive resume and her unique tactile, corporeal style. Allen said the following about Fure:
"Tones made tactile, objects made audible, noise made beautiful — Ms. Fure, at 33 one of the finest young composers around, is drawn to the musical qualities of the material world and to the material aspects of music."
"Her scores have a raw, elemental directness. They often explore the boundaries of what it is tolerable to hear, yet remaining welcoming, rather than forbidding."
"Her strongest work, that scary septet “Something to Hunt,” is feral, beginning with chirrups that sound trapped, indicating prey that is chased and, finally, gobbled up."
"The confidence that the ugly can be beautiful, and vice versa, is at the root of Ms. Fure’s provocations. Unlike the work of some of her forebears at Darmstadt and Ircam, hers is far from propagandistic, or designed purely to shock. The end goal is a form of human empathy: Whether you recoil from a sound or lean into it, she sees a path to connection."
“Chains Clink, Water Splashes: A Composer’s Beautiful Noise” by David Allen for The New York Times. Published January 28, 2016.