Album Premiere: Charleston Singer/Songwriter Ayala Asherov


Full album stream from forthcoming Mark Bryan-produced album, due early September.

By Blurt Staff

She’s got a C.V. that would make even the most seasoned artists jealous, she’s won enough awards and honors to make the virtual trophy shelf sag, and she currently teaches songwriting at the College of Charleston. Now the Israeli-born/Palmetto City-based singer-songwriter Ayala Asherov is prepping for the Sept. 1 arrival of Colors & Shapes, produced by Mark Bryan (of Hootie & the Blowfish fame) and featuring a who’s-who of Charleston musicians, among them Quentin Baxter, Charlton Singleton, David Haywood and Tom Bresnick. That 9/1/15 date will mark the official iTunes release, but we’ve got a special advance album stream of it all month exclusively for the BLURT readership. Check it out:

The backstory:

Although Ayala initially got started acting in theater, film and TV, all along she’d been writing songs, subsequently studying at the Rimon School of Music in Tel Aviv, followed by the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she earned her degree in composition and film scoring. After that she got her Masters at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Along the way her songs were being recorded by many celebrated Israeli artists, and her best known song, “Along the Sea” (“Le’Orech Ha Yam”), was recorded by Ofra Haza in 1994, and is one of the most recorded songs in modern Israeli musical history.

Her debut album, Crossing the River, arrived in 2007; her trio, Three Rivers, for clarinet, viola, and piano, in 2011; her solo album for chamber works, Cycles of the Moon, in 2013. In between she’s composed scores for PBS, The Learning Channel, Discovery Channel and National Geographic as well as the score for an Israeli Educational Television six part documentary series on the Israeli theater entitled Second Act.

More recently, in 2014 Ayala had launched a project which she conceived and produced, “Music Tells The Story”, together with Communities in Schools the Addelstone Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, reaching out as a composer and a performer with Charleston Symphony Orchestra musicians to challenged public schools in order to help young students better understand literature and music. She is continuing the project in 2015.

Ayala CD

It’s the new album, though, that has Ayala the most excited at the moment, and you can keep track of it and the artist at her official website, additionally checking out more of her music along with videos and more. There’s to be an official album release performance on Sept. 2 at Charleston’s Woolfe St. Playhouse followed by a show the next night in Atlanta at storied music venue Eddie’s Attic – details on all that at her Facebook page.

Ayala poster

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