Juno Award-Nominated Producer, Musician, DJ and Dancer Rise Ashen has devoted his life to the study of sound and movement. From his early years immersed in the early Hip Hop as a B-Boy in Montreal in the 80s, to his studies at Fanshawe College (North America's Oldest Recording School) and the Banff Centre for the Arts, his focus has been on applying hi-fi knowhow to underground music. His record collection spans the 4 corners of the world with House and Breakbeats as is his primary focus. As a DJ, he blends it all in a worldy mash and is always the sweaty and dynamic life of the party and has played in clubs across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.
He has remixed and collaborated countless artists including Brazil’s Bebel Gilberto, Mali’s Issa Bagayogo, Montreal Juno award winner Miguel Graca, Jojo Flores, Fred Everything and Kat 5 of the KALMUNITY collective, Toronto based (Juno nominated) Ammoye, (Juno Award winner) Dubmatix, Version XCursion, LAL, (Juno Award Winner) Eccodek, King Sunshine, the New Deal and Bageshree, UK’s Sean Escofferey, John Beltran, Steph Lefrancois and Josef Malik, New York’s Angel Moraes, Winnipeg’s Paris to Kiev, Kasm and Seed Organisation, and Trevor “Lifeboogie” Walker, John Akpata, and Shegun Beautiful Nubia Akinlolu, Brandon Wint, Bhavan2 , Tara Proter, Lucila Al Mar Ottawa Algonquin Singer Flying Down Thunder with whom he received a Juno nomination in 2012 for their debut album: One Nation, as well as a Native American Music Awards nomination in 2014 for their sophomore album: North Wind.
Recently he has been collaborating with Silla, an Inuit throat-singing duet with whom he just released a full-length debut which was long-listed for the Polaris prize and received a Juno Award nomination in 2017 for best Indigenous Album. They perform as a trio with rise playing electronic instruments. He has also been working with Ottawa-based Jesse Stewart on a percussion concept piece.
He believes music and dance are essential to human culture and that united, artists can lead humanity towards a more enlightened way of living. "We need to make a shift towards long-term thinking"... Quoting Fela Kuti:"when the higher forces give you the gift of musicianship …it must be well used for the good of humanity"
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Frances Adair McKenzie Geronimo Inutiq
Saturday Lineup at the Tett
Basic Soul Unit
Big River Dream
One Night Pass:
$25 Online, $30 At Door
Good for both Friday, April 7th, and Saturday, April 8th programming. Includes artist talks and workshops on Saturday afternoon.
Use on Friday, April 7th, 2017 from 9:00PM - 1:00AM
or Saturday, April 8th, from 10:00PM - 6:00AM. Includes artist talks and workshops on Saturday afternoon.
Friday Lineup at the Isabel
Full Weekend Pass:
$45 Online, $50 At Door
Lineup for each night: