Combining the mixture of Jazz, Soul and Hiphop, Ash & Ben have a colourful original sound which compliments their respective instruments. Ash & Ben are both well flourished musicians, expect to hear luscious bond between Guitar and Piano.
Coming both from outside the Netherlands, Ashton and Benjamin met in Amsterdam where they are currently pursuing their studies in the Jazz Master’s program at the Conservatorium. A New Zealand native, Ashton first established his career as a contemporary jazz guitarist in Aotearoa, Wellington. He completed his studies with the New Zealand School of Music in 2013, obtaining an honors degree with distinction in jazz performance. He has played alongside musicians such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Peter Bernstein and Bruce Forman. He is now learning from teachers like Jesse Van Ruller and Reinier Baas. Born in Montpellier, Benjamin went to Paris to study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse, where he obtained his undergraduate degree in jazz and improvised music. Next to this, he intensively studied classical piano, counterpoint and western harmony, as well as jazz arranging and composing. During his studies, he attended master-classes by Ethan Iverson, Phil Markowitz and Craig Taborn among many others, and took lessons from teachers in the likes of Emil Spanyi and Harmen Fraanje. He has played in renowned places and festivals, and toured with numerous bands in Europe and abroad.