PERCUSSIONIST DRUMMER CELLIST COMPOSER
Brazilian-American multi-instrumentalist and composer Lucas Ashby’s musical resume stretches back to his early childhood. Born into a family of internationally touring musicians, Ashby brings to his projects a background in rhythms and melodies from South America, West Africa, India, Eastern Europe, American Jazz, & Hip Hop. For the last 15 years, the resulting mosaic of sounds and textures has served as the bedrock of the career Ashby has built as a sideman, performing for the last 9 years as percussionist with nationally-touring afrobeat-funk powerhouse Big Mean Sound Machine, as well as such internationally-renowned artists as Brazilian national treasure Ivan Lins, 14-time GRAMMY winner Paquito D’Rivera, and world-renowned vocal jazz quartet New York Voices (including appearing on their 2007 GRAMMY award-winning album A Day Like This), Brazilian guitar virtuosos Rogério Souza (Duo Violão Brasil) and Diego Figueiredo, and Ghanaian highlife master Osei Korankye. Lucas has also performed all over the US and around the world with his parents, Brazilian jazz vocalist Kenia and acclaimed trombonist and producer Jay Ashby (Paul Simon, Astrud Gilberto, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, & others). As one of the composers and organizers behind genre-bending 21st-century chamber ensemble Arco Belo, led by accordionist, pianist, and composer Simone Baron and featuring bass icon Mike Pope (Chick Corea, Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn), Ashby had the pleasure of debuting several compositions at the renowned Strathmore Mansion in May 2017. Arco Belo’s debut season continued with performances at renowned venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco CA, The Backroom Berkeley CA, and the Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati CA, among others. Since moving to the Washington, DC region in 2014, Lucas frequently performs locally with a number of regional acts including Veronneau, Rose Moraes, Cissa Paz, Ethan Foote, Pablo Regis de Oliveira, and Marian McLaughlin, among others.