Southern California based composer-instrumentalist Ashley Broder's myriad talents and musical accomplishments defy easy description or classification. Fluent on mandolin (both acoustic and electric), violin, and cello, Broder crafts melodies, sonic textures and haunting harmonies that distinguish her works easily from the norm. Her original compositions draw inspiration from an eclectic range of genres, including folk, jazz, classical, pop, and rock. Classically trained in violin as a child, Broder discovered the mandolin at age eight, then took up the cello in college. Described as a "mandolin phenomenon" by the San Diego Tribune and highly sought after by a wide range of musicians needing to round out their sound, Broder has performed in folk clubs, festivals, bars, dance halls, orchestras, and recording studios. Her duo with accordionist Samantha Harvey, Sam ‘n Ash, was featured on the wildly popular podcast “Welcome to Night Vale,” and Hearth Music raved that The Syncopaths, an in-demand, nationally touring, folk quartet with whom she plays regularly, are "a helluva a band to imitate, and I doubt anyone could do justice to their virtuosic tunes."
Broder's 2016 release, Two Trees, is a long-anticipated solo album featuring all original compositions. Encouraged and guided by bassist/producer Kevin McCormick (Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, Brett Dennen, Keb’ Mo’), Broder brought her project into being with a trio of talented musicians pitching in on accordion, flute and guitar. The record exhibits a wide range of influences, hinting at her diverse background, but maintaining a cohesive and unique sound that is all her own. Broder's remarkable skills as tune-smith, string-arranger, and improviser are on full display as she delivers the majority of the tracks by layering her own instruments.
Past performances include:
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Wintergrass Festival, Lake Eden and Arts Festival, Millpond Festival, Northwest Folklife Festival, Freight and Salvage, Blackstone River Theater, The Station Inn, Swallow Hill, Bijou Theater, UCSC, CSSM, CSUCI, Cal Tech.