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What Was Said

by Ashley Bathgate

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A Musical conversation among new friends. Ashley Bathgate and Paul Fowler meeting for the first time in the studio while the “tape was rolling”. This recording is from that session. I had invited the two of them to spend some time in what I thought would be an exchange of ideas while imagining what a future project might sound like. The time together became a series of improvs, this being the first. As I came to know the piece better, it reminded me of this line from a Rumi poem, translated by Coleman Barks.
“What was said to the rose that made it open was said to me here in my chest”
Mickey Houlihan 9/18/20


released September 18, 2020
Ashley Bathgate, cello
Paul Fowler, Piano
Mark Venezia, recording engineer
Mickey Houlihan, mixer, producer


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Ashley Bathgate New York, New York

American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter” (New York Times) and “a glorious cellist” (The Washington Post) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops” (New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” (New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. ... more

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