Ashley Jurgemeyer

Ashley JurgemeyerQUOTE:
“Between composing, recording, touring, and scoring, I need a keyboard that can literally do everything, and I finally found that keyboard in the Nord Stage 2. As a classical pianist, the action of the keys is crucial to me, and I fell in love with the response of the hammer action design, which captures all the expressive subtleties in my performances. For recording in my home studio, this keyboard is an essential tool I rely on to create warmth and take off any digital edge. The tremolo mandolin tone blends beautifully with strings and adds a great texture, and of course all of the electric pianos (MK Deep is a favorite) and organs are brilliant. Nord’s sample library is very impressive and has inspired many ideas, but the ability to tweak these tones and load my own user samples leaves me with endless sonic possibilities.” ~Ashley Ellyllon Jurgemeyer

GEAR: Nord Stage 2 88

Ashley Ellyllon Jurgemeyer is a composer and pianist that first made her mark in the heavy music world in 2004 as co-founder and keyboardist of black metal act Abigail Williams, hailing from Phoenix, Arizona. Long before this turn of events, her roots were laid down in classical music, which she fell in love with and began studying and the early age of 6. She continued her training through college at Arizona State University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Composition. Ashley studied with John Metz, Jody Rockmaker, and James DeMars and was granted the Louis Kerr Grant in composition. It was during these years that she was introduced to metal and discovered that she could fuse her love of the piano and orchestra with heavy guitars and drums to create the intensity she always felt beneath her playing.

Abigail Williams released their first EP “Legend” on Candlelight records in 2006 and began touring internationally, sharing the stage with such acts as Emperor, Dark Funeral, Enslaved, and many more. Their full length album “In The Shadow of a Thousand Suns” was released in 2008 and received positive reviews from Rocksound, Revolver, and Metalhammer, citing Ashley’s classical footprint as paramount to their dark, orchestral sound. The band’s sound would continue to evolve with each record, and Ashley would later scale back her medium to a more intimate string quartet, composing the 17:31 minute track “Beyond the Veil” for the bands third full length album “Becoming”, which was met with critical acclaim.

In 2009, Ashley was asked to join Black Metal heavy weights, Cradle of Filth. After extensive international touring with the band, including the European festivals Hellfest, Sonisphere, Download, and Bloodstock, she composed and recorded for the band’s record “Darkly Darkly Venus Aversa”, released in 2010 on Peaceville records.

Pushing her boundaries beyond the world of metal, Ashley formed space rock super group, Orbs, along with her friends Dan Briggs of Between the Buried and Me, and Adam Fisher, of Fear Before the March of Flames. Together they created the adventurous album “Asleep Next to Science” released in 2010 on Equal Vision Records. Her work on this record led her to be named “Best Keyboardist of 2010” by Alternative Press. Orbs is currently writing and recording for their sophomore effort, expected to release in 2013.

Ashley recently located to Los Angeles to begin composing for film. She continues to remain active in the band circuit, composes and records for various artists, and teaches piano and music theory.

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