UCR Music Wednesday@Noon Presentation by Ashleigh Gordon, Co-founder, Violist, and Artistic/Executive Director of Castle of Our Skins  

UCR Department of Music
Wednesday@Noon via Zoom Presentation

Ashleigh Gordon
Co-founder, Violist, and Artistic/Executive Director of Castle of Our Skins  
Citizen Artist @ Play: Music + You + Community

Ian Dicke, organizer

Mission of Castle of our Skins: Born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, Castle of our Skins is a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. From classrooms to concert halls, Castle of our Skins invites exploration into ​Black heritage and culture, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated ​figures of past and present.

November 4, 2020
Wednesday, 12:00-12:50 P.M. Pacific Standard Time 
• Zoom

Please register in advance for this presentation: here
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Ashleigh Gordon 
Described as a “charismatic and captivating performer,” Ashleigh Gordon has recorded with Switzerland’s Ensemble Proton and Germany’s Ensemble Modern; performed with Grammy award-winning BMOP and Grammy-nominated A Far Cry string ensemble; and appeared at the prestigious BBC Proms Festival with the Chineke! Orchestra. Comfortable on an international stage, Ashleigh has performed in the Royal Albert and Royal Festival Halls (London), Konzerthaus Berlin and Oper Frankfurt (Germany), Gare du Nord and Dampfzentrale Bern (Switzerland), Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Lee Hysan Concert Hall (Hong Kong), and throughout Sofia, Bulgaria as part of the multi-disciplinary 180 Degrees Festival.

​Ashleigh is co-founder, Artistic/Executive Director and Violist of Castle of our Skins, a Boston-based concert and educational series devoted to celebrating Black Artistry through music. In recognition of her work, she has presented at IDEAS UMass Boston Conference and 180 Degrees Festival in Bulgaria; has been featured in the International Musician and Improper Bostonian magazines as well as the Boston Globe; and was awarded the 2016 Charles Walton Diversity Advocate Award from the American Federation of Musicians. She is a 2015 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award recipient, a 2019 Brother Thomas Fellow, a nominee for the 2020 “Americans for the Arts Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities,” and named one of WBUR’s “ARTery 25”, twenty-five millennials of color impacting Boston’s arts and culture scene.

performingarts@ucr.edu  music.ucr.edu

Photography Credit: www.RobertTorresPhotography.com


• The Wednesday@Noon Series offers concerts, lectures, and presentations of academic research by Department of Music faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and international guest artists and scholars. Dana Kaufman, coordinator.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 12:00pm to 12:50pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Arts, Music & Concerts


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Transfer Students, General Public


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