(Poland – USA – Germany)
pop, rock, indie folk
Cellist Ashia Grzesikmay sing music from the old country, wear ruffled skirts and cook borscht, but she’s no neo-bohemian gypsy-punk poser. Though she currently hangs her plumed hats in Portland, this sultry songstress hails from the old country—Wroclaw, Poland, to be exact. (Julie Reposa)
Ashia and the Bison Rouge – Country Will Do Her Well (2013)
Music Video Collaboration between Czech Actors from Shakespearovské Slavnosti v Ostravě (Czech Shakespeare Festival) and Ashia Grzesik in Ostrava, CZ!!!
Cello Solo « MY SŁOWIANIE » – « Slavic Girls » by Ashia
Live Recording all in one take with a Looping Pedal – No Playback! (Original by Donatan & Cleo)
Ashia Grzesik performing an original song, « Prosto Do Nieba », also known as « the Polish grandma song » at the Doug Fir, 21 Jan. 2010. Song is in Polish, with Todd Bayles accompanying on accordion.
Ashia and The Bison Rouge – Rip Up Your Stitch (2011)
Ashia and the Bison Rouge and Insom Studios present their debut music video of the recently released song ‘Rip Up Your Stitch ». This charming and dreamy video includes live action all taken in the majestic The Old Church and stop motion animation sequences.
Members of Wanderlust Circus as well as various dancers from around Portland make appearances in the video. Dawn Pantaja created a pair of her ceramic ‘Lost Dolls’ and Kelly Rose Almeida created the beautiful paper dolls specially for the video .
Ashia Plays Cello, Sings, Loops song ‘Odra’
Ashia & the Bison Rouge in a solo song composition about her favorite river, the Odra in Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany.
Diesel vs Lungs – Ashia & the Bison Rouge *DUO*
Ashia Cellist Songbird and Olga Kwiatek on Violin!
Ashia and the Bison Rouge – Czerwone Maki (Red Poppies)
A new song in Polish about the drops of fallen soldiers’ blood that bloom every June in the fields of Poland.
Ashia’s solo project songs and compositions, written and sung with the cello, reflect her longing for her Slavic roots, while adding the pop, rock, indie folk, and classical of the land she grew up in. This comes naturally from being born in Wroclaw, Poland, raised in the US, and performing internationally. Her belief is to bring and celebrate Polish and Slavic culture and ancestry to new audiences, as well as using the cello, non-traditionally, as an instrument of accompaniment and melodic lead.
Currently she is performing in Berlin, Germany with the celebrated show, Dummy, with original compositions of cello, voice, loops set to acrobatic choreography along with electronic tracks written by Reecode. She has performed with Cirque du Soliel’s “O” production, received an award (Portland Drammy for best original music 2010) for original compositions for Third Rail Theater’s, “The Gray Sisters” written by Craig Wright (Six Feet Under). She performs her solo act extensively under the title ‘Ashia & the Bison Rouge’ as well as being in demand for Portland, OR bands and internationally, including a Czech Republic Summer Shakespeare Festival in Ostrava, CZ and venues in Poland, Germany, and Czech Republic. She received a RACC Grant under the title of “A CD Release of Polish Immigrant Songs” to perform in Portland, OR in the Fall of 2013.
Ashia also believes and is part of the growing indie movement in the US that brings folk and classical sounds into pop and rock settings, as well as using the cello non-traditionally/Classically. She was invited to and performed at the NDCA (New Directions Cello Festival) in June 2012. She is a member of The Portland Cello Project, Vagabond Opera, and Classical Revolution PDX.
Her ideas and voice, at once ethereal and demanding, are pop/rock, yet the sounds are at times classical and folk, being on the cello. Her style as described by Portland Monthly: “…one can’t help but hear a collage of influences. Grzesik can certainly give Joanna Newsom a run for her whimsy, she possesses the old-world charm and quirky dramatics of Regina Spector and the cello-punk instincts of Bonfire Madigan, and her voice vacillates between the throaty alto of Amanda Palmer and the ethereal soprano of Maria Callas. Simply put, she’s got a little bit of everything.”
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Diesel vs Lungs – Album (2013)
TOP 20 World Music Charts Europe October & November 2013!
“Captivating” Portland Mercury
”Absolutely Tremendous!” Capitol Public Radio
“Ashia Grzesik’s voice moves from ethereal to earthy as easily as a seal slipping into water. She weaves pop/rock sounds with a Slavic/classical sparkle, grounded by the cello and her Polish roots.” – Oregonian
“This new full-length (Diesel vd Lungs) is something remarkable, though, a wildly ambitious but not-at-all-unwieldy mixture of classical music, traditional Polish and Slavic folk musics, chamber pop, and other styles that defy categorization….a singular talent and a huge creative force.” – Portland Mercury
“Ashia Grzesik’s expansive musical vision… the release of Grzesik’s colorful new album, Diesel vs. Lungs, which, like much of her theatrical, multilingual music, owes as much to the European cabaret tradition as to American pop.” – Willamette Week
“She is a three-ring slyph, a vaudeville dervish, a woman after our own hearts….Aptly entitled Bison Rouge (the new EP), it ranges from parlor popular to European avante garde. Her siren voice calls and dismisses cellos, accordion, drums, string quartets, and trumpets at a whim, whirling your ears down into your heart and out into the aether. It is beautiful.” – Seattle Pi
“You can compare how her songs sound to any number of pieces written by Tom Waits, Tori Amos or Laurie Anderson. Indeed, her new album, “Diesel vs Lungs,” would sit comfortably on your shelf next to records of such artists. However, there’s something uniquely “Grzesik” about this musician, something sui generis…..the Polish-born immigrant combines over-the-top artsy theatricality with the kind of down-to-earth, self-deprecating humor that endears you to your favorite greasy spoon waitress. In other words, Grzesik was clearly born to dazzle folks with her talent, but apparently lacks the pretension that can mark some divas.” – Portland Tribune
German & Europe Press!
„Ihre fantastische Stimme zwischen punkigem Alt und dramatischem Sopran wird von slawischer Leidenschaft und Tiefe getragen. Musikalisch gibt es Geige, Ukulele, Akkordeon, Trompeter und vor allem ein Cello, das Ashia selbst spielt. Über Folk und Klassik kommen am Ende aber doch meist zufängliche Pop-songs raus.“ – 8/10. Armin Siebert – Melody & Rhythmus
„Stimmlich beherrscht Ashia ein breites Spektrum zwischen Alt und Sopran und vermittel auf diese Weise in ihren Songs eine einzigartige Atmosphäre von dramatischem Poprock. Ihrem Cello ringt sie dank moderner Elektrotechnik immer wieder neue Klangfärbungen ab, die so recht zu der extravaganten Ausdrucksweise der Polin passen. So erliegt man ziemlich schnell dem geheimnisvollen Charme dieser 45 Minuten intensiver Musik.“ – Sound & Image De
Na “Diesel vs Lungs” znalazło się sporo tekstów polskich, czasami przeplatanych angielskimi wstawkami, a w utworze “Głupie Bajeczki” zabrzmiał nawet najpopularniejszy polski temat kołysankowy” –
“Na Wojtusia z Popielnika”. Etnosystem.pl
„Korzystając z jej zachwycającego głosu i cudacznych, porywajacych melodii wiolonczeli, Ashia Grzesik tworzy utwory składające sie z folk, pop, kabaret i indie-rock w jej solowym nagraniu “Ashia and the Bison Rouge.” Jej tworzenie odzwierciela tęsknotę do jej Słowiańskich korzeni, i łączy wpływy Szopena i muzyki cygańskiej z bluesem, rockiem, i otwartymi harmoniami Nowego Świata. Jej piosenki i opowiadania, na równi z humorem jak i poważne, przywołują wspomnienia o przodkach, środowisku, i miłośći.” – docelu.pl
Bison Rouge EP Press
“She is a three-ring slyph, a vaudeville dervish, a woman after our own hearts….Aptly entitled Bison Rouge (the new EP), it ranges from parlor popular to European avante garde. Her siren voice calls and dismisses cellos, accordion, drums, string quartets, and trumpets at a whim, whirling your ears down into your heart and out into the aether. It is beautiful.” Seattle Pi
“…one can’t help but hear a collage of influences. Grzesik can certainly give Joanna Newsom a run for her whimsy, she possesses the old-world charm and quirky dramatics of Regina Spector and the cello-punk instincts of Bonfire Madigan, and her voice vacillates between the throaty alto of Amanda Palmer and the ethereal soprano of Maria Callas. Simply put, she’s got a little bit of everything.” – Portland Monthly
“…Utilising her full vocal range and putting in a virtuoso performance on cello, accompanied only by accordian. Is this folk? It’s mixed with classical, but yes it’s folk, most certainly: Grzesik sang of her Polish Grandmother’s numerous ploys to discourage her family from moving away from home; ranged through intimate tales, both emotional & mature, tossed in jaunty escapades; and sang in English and Polish. It was nicely varied and consequently never boring…. I should mention her voice – a sumptuous but delicate soprano which scales, sometimes violently, but to good effect, to a forceful almost ‘rock’ vocal.” – Zaph Mann, Oregon Public Broadcasting
“Harnessing haunting and intense cello lines, this artist’s mesmerizing composition was praiseworthy for its sincer originality and stunning musical range. The delicate score traversed vast depths of emotion and wordlessly acted as a meditative cushion to our ears.” Drammy Award for best Original Music 2009-2010
Pay to be Loved Album Press
“Ashia combines the vocal sensibilites of Elenie Mandel and the avante-garde musical approach of The Dresden Dolls with the intensiveness of P.J. Harvey. How could this not be good?”- Mite Mutant, The ChickenFish Speaks
“Ashia’s unconventional sound is sometimes haunting, alternating among broad ranges of styles, volumes, and speeds at most unexpected moments…an album praiseworthy for its sincere originality and stunning musical range.” – Melanie Fried, Elmore Magazine.