Israeli-born composer (1968) and singer/songwriter Ayala Asherov-Kalus is a recipient of the 2011 ASCAPlus Award, winner of the 2011 Chamber Music Composition Award at the biennial Athena Music Festival, and 2010 recipient of the Wild Acres Residency. She is a member of ASCAP, The American Composers Forum, and ACUM. Having been raised in a family of actors and directors (her grandparents were among the founders of the Habima National Theater of Israel). As a composer, Ayala’s music ranges from songwriting to programmatic music in the concert hall to multimedia, including film scoring, museum exhibitions, and compositions inspired by the written word. She received her Bachelor of Music Summa Cum Laude in composition and film scoring from the Berklee College of Music in 1998, and her Masters of Music in film scoring from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2000. She has written musical scores for The Learning Channel, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic, and underscored exhibits at the Jerusalem Theater (“Poetry and Pictures”), Boston Aquarium combining live music, electronics, and sound effects, and the interactive multimedia presentation, “The Naharayim Experience”, at the Gesher Museum in Israel. As a songwriter, her songs are published, recorded, and released by many celebrated Israeli artists. Her best known song, lyrics and music, “Along the Sea” (“Le’Orech Ha Yam”), was recorded by Ofra Haza in 1994, and is one of the most recorded songs in Israel. Ayala released her debut CD, “Crossing the River” in 2007. She has appeared and performed in Tel Aviv, Columbia, South Carolina, and at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina in 2008, and continues to perform her own material on the piano.
In 2011 Ayala completed the score for “Second Act”, a six part documentary series about the Israeli National Theater for Israel Educational Television. In 2010 Ayala scored “The Forgotten Founder”, part of the South Carolina ETV documentary series, Carolina Stories, which aired in October, 2010.
Her trio, “Three Rivers” for clarinet, viola, and piano, will be released by Navona Records/Parma Recordings in 2011.
Ayala continues to compose by commission, and collaborate with performers. She enjoys her unique ability as a songwriter to write songs (music and lyrics) tailor made by request.