Music Technology: A Jamaican Story
"This week we take a historical journey with my guest and good friend Peter Ashbourne. He takes us from the beginning of the music scene in Jamaica to his studies at Berklee in Boston and his prolific career creating jingles, highlighting the technology of the day along the way. This is episode 5, a moment of Music […]
Medals and Memories
On Wednesday, October 10, at the Institute of Jamaica, on East Street, Kingston, presented the 2018 Musgrave Medals — the oldest award in the western hemisphere — to worthy persons in the field of literature, science and arts.Among the recipients of the awards, gold medals were presented to Peter Ashbourne in the field of arts […]
Banded Together - Like Father Like Sons: The Story Of The Ashbournes
As the adage goes, 'The apple doesn't fall far from the tree'. But if there are two trees, the harvest from the orchard is bound to be bountiful.​In almost every sector of the local music industry, many will be familiar with the name Peter Ashbourne. Those many may, however, be unaware of the fact that […]
Four Musical Premieres At Uncaged Melodies IV
The audience at the fourth presentation of Uncaged Melodies, the annual concert by the Classical and Jazz Ensemble (CAGE) led by University of the West Indies Music Fellow Peter Ashbourne, got a special treat. They heard the very first public performances of four of Ashbourne’s works ­ just one component of a concert that was […]
Peter Strikes Gold
Musician/arranger Peter Ashbourne and Poet Laureate (2014 to 2017) Professor Mervyn Morris lead the list of recipients for the Musgrave Medals, awarded by the Institute of Jamaica. Both will receive the gold medal.​Dub poet Jean “Binta” Breeze and Kingston College Chapel Choir will be awarded the silver medal, while author Roland Watson-Grant and Professor Oswald […]
Artistes To The Rescue
WITH support from family and friends, Rosina Christina Moder celebrated her birthday last Friday at Redbones Blues Café in New Kingston, with music. The Austrian-born musician/composer said it helped her rise above an ordeal she experienced in February when she was robbed at an ATM in Kingston.​“It was a fun-raising concert with all proceeds for […]
Peter Ashbourne at the launch of Peelin Orange
Peter Ashbourne is a Jamaican musician and composer who has worked in classical music, jazz and reggae. He sometimes with his group, The Peter Ashbourne Affair and more recently with the jazz band Ashes. ​Peelin Orange is the definitive collection of poetry by former Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris. The launch was held at the Undercroft, […]
Spanish saxophonist Angel Soria Diaz returns to Jamaica
Spanish saxophonist Ángel Soria Díaz made his return to Jamaica this December as the featured performer in Xaymaca, a concert directed by Jamaican composer Peter Ashbourne.  The event, which took place on December 4, was spearheaded by the Embassy of Spain in collaboration with The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SJF). ​During his visit, Soria continued his work with the […]
A Career of Distinction
COME Monday — National Heroes Day — renowned musician, composer and arranger Peter Ashbourne will receive an Order of Distinction for his 'dedicated and outstanding service to the development of many genres of music in Jamaica'. Ashbourne says he will humbly accept the honour. His work spans the gamut of classical to popular music in […]
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