"When the 21st Century glances back to see where the future of opera came from, Ashley, like Monteverdi before him, is going to look like a radical new beginning."
The Village Voice
Robert Ashley is an American composer.
He is most well known for his experimental, multi-disciplinary operas and theatrical works.
Ashley is also a founder of the ONCE Festival, the annual festival of contemporary performing arts in Ann Arbor which, from 1961 to 1969, presented most of the decade's pioneers of the performing arts.
In 1969, Ashley was appointed Director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College (Oakland, California), where he organized the first public-access music and media facility.
Throughout his career he collaborated with artists such as Fátima Miranda, George Manupelli, Peter Greenaway, Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, Douglas Dunn and many more.