Israeli-born composer and singer / songwriter Ayala Asherov started writing songs at age 16. After serving in the IDF as an entertainer, she briefly pursued an acting career in theater, film and television. She soon realized that her passion was music, and she pursued and completed studies at the Rimon School of Music in Tel Aviv, followed by the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she received her Bachelor of Music Summa Cum Laude in composition and film scoring in 1998. She went on to receive her Masters in film scoring at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2000.
Her trio, “Three Rivers” for clarinet, viola, and piano, was released on “Claviatures” by Navona Records/Parma Recordings in October, 2011. In early 2012 she completed the score for an Israeli Educational Television six part documentary series on the Israeli theater entitled “Second Act”. She was commissioned by the Department of Theater and Dance at the College of Charleston to compose “Elements”, a suite of original dance compositions composed with the input of the dancers. In July 2012, her original composition, “Prelude to a Kiss and a Dance” was performed by the Clarinet Namaste Ensemble in Rome, Italy, accompanied by dancers from the University of Southern California, Irvine.
Ayala’s solo album for chamber works “Cycles of the Moon” was released with PARMA Recordings in September 2013 under Nexus and is avalible on Amazon, with 7 new compositions of various instrumentations and performers from all over the world.
Ayala won the 2013 South Carolina MTA Commissioned Composer for her piece Cherish and Protect for clarinet, cello & piano which was premiered later that year at the MTA state meeting in Greenville SC. In March of 2014 her piece Beh’Resheet (In the Beginning), for a large chamber ensemble, was premiered after being commissioned by “Magnetic South”, a collaborative program for new music between the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the music school at the College of Charleston.
Also in 2014 Ayala had launched her interactive educational program for inner city schools, “Music Tells The Story”TM, together with Communities in Schools the Addelstone Foundation, reaching out as a composer and a performer with Charleston Symphony Orchestra musicians to challenged public schools to help young students better understand literature and music. She is continued the program in 2015 and 2016 and received a Grant from the SC Arts Commission for 2017.
In 2015 Ayala released her English album Colors & Shapes (music and lyrics) as a singer songwriter with producer Mark Bryan from Hootie and the Blowfish, featuring some of Charleston’s finest musicians such as Quentin Baxter, Charlton Singleton, David Haywood and Tom Bresnick. Also avaliable on Amazon and ITunes.
In the summer of 2016 Ayala participated as a fellow at the Wyoming Music Fellowship with 5 other composers, Composer in Residence Alex Shapiro and Program Director Composer Anne M. Guzzo. Ayala’s piece “Thoughts of Out Time” for string trio and a narrator, was premiered at the Wyoming Music Festival.
Currently she is teaching songwriting at the College of Charleston.
Ayala is a strong believer and an avid supporter of any type of collaboration, she is always open to good creative ideas.