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14–21 August 2021, 9am–4pm, Dartington Trust

OFFSITE: Dartington Summer School & Festival

We will be joining forces with Dartington for their international Summer School & Festival which has been running since 1953 in their beautiful medieval estate in Devon. We will be there for week 4 – 14th – 21st August – where the spotlight falls on jazz and experimental music. As part of our residency we are bringing Ryoko Akama who will be leading a new course in site-specific and situational performance. Within these sessions, participants will use found objects and the abundance of natural phenomena within the Dartington estate to create a sounding space, and assemble various mediums which they will be able to sculpt into new forms. We will also present multi-instrumentalist and composer Ashley Paul who will be offering a course with drummer Crystabel Riley in free improvisation. We hope you can join us.

Also generous student bursaries are available. For all info please visit dartington.org/summerschool


Four weeks of shared music making, learning and listening, from early music to jazz. Courses for all ages and abilities, accompanied by a festival of concerts and events, set against the backdrop of a medieval estate in the heart of Devon.


Ashley Paul

Ashley Paul is an American performer and composer based in London. She uses an array of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, guitar, bells and percussion, mixing disparate elements to create a colorful palate of sound that works its way into her intuitive songs; free forming, introverted melodies. This blend manifests beautiful and simple musical forms against acoustic experimentation.

Ashley has performed or recorded with Phill Niblock, Rashad Becker, Nik Colk Void, Loren Connors, Heatsick, Aki Onda, C. Spencer Yeh, Anthony Coleman, Bass Clef, Joe Maneri, Joe Morris, Seijiro Murayama, Greg Kelley, Bill Nace and Eli Keszler appearing on such labels as Important, PAN, ESP-DISK’ and Tzadik. She received a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in 2007.

Ryoko Akama

Ryoko Akama approaches listening situations that magnify silence, time and space. Her sculptural work engages with mundane objects and invisible energies such as magnetism and gravity, embodying ‘almost nothing’ sound aesthetics. She also composes and performs non- traditional scores. She is an artistic director for ame C.I.C. and co-runs the independent publisher mumei publishing and melange edition.

Crystabel Riley

During the late naughties Crystabel Riley toured Japan and Europe using drums, electronics and make-up in noise trio Maria and the Mirrors. This was the start of her interest in patterns on skins - human and drum.

She was later encouraged - and welcomed - into the Horse Improvised Music Club by Daniel Thompson and Sue Lynch respectively. This instantly consolidated into weekly playing with Sue, who she still collaborates with.

She is currently working on the multi-format duo project @xcrswx with Seymour Wright. This contrasts the LIVE (evolved sounds / patience / relentless) and the ANDROID (cropped media [sounds+visuals] / impatience / InstantPublication).