Producer, Musician, DJ and Dancer Rise Ashen has devoted his life to the study of sound and movement. From his early years 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 know-how to underground music. He has remixed or collaborated with Brazil’s Bebel Gilberto, American jazz legend Duke Ellington, San Francisco based Bombay Dub Orchestra and Fred Everything, Mali’s Issa Bagayogo, Montreal Juno award winner Miguel Graca, Toronto based Ammoye, Version XCursion, LAL, Eccodek, King Sunshine, the New Deal and Bageshree, UK’s Sean Escofferey, John Beltran, Steph Lefrancois and Josef Malik, New York’s Angel Moraes, Ottawa Algonquin singer Flying Down Thunder and Disco Daddy Trevor “Lifeboogie” Walker, Oni The Haitian Sensation among others. He has shared the stage with such varied greats as K’Naan, The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Kid Koala and Jully Black among others. You can check out his releases on Afroart, Gotsoul, Dub Fu and Defected to name a few, his mixed series Deepworld on the Balanced website and a few CBC radio shows called A NU JAZZ ORDER. 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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Various – Link Pins

Citizen Sound – Trouble

Ammoye & Rise Ashen – Haffi Win

King Sunshine – That Rag

Rise Ashen – Earth Dragon

Rise Ashen & Trevor Walker – Common Ground

Rise Ashen – Crazy Spirit

Joe Silva – Uncorrected

Rise Ashen – Atma

Flying Down Thunder & Rise Ashen – One Nation

Various – Northern Faction 5

Citizen Sound – Addicted

Flying Down Thunder & Rise Ashen – North Wind

Rise Ashen – Music in the City

Paris to Kyiv – Fragmenti Remixes

Silla and Rise – Debut

Various – 15 Years

Kasm – Stargate

20 Years – Clinton Sly, Ammoye and Rise Ashen

20 Years – Kasm, Rise Ashen & Solidaze

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