Ashley de Neef is a bassist and composer from Melbourne, Australia currently based in London. He writes and performs many different styles of music – always with a focus on melody and groove.

In 2017, Ashley released his debut album entitled West of the World, which is a collaboration between traditional West-African band Burkina Azza, and Ashley’s melody-driven compositions. The album features eight musicians from five different countries, and strikes a balance between tradition and innovation.

Ashley also runs the independent record-label and educational resource Roving Sounds, which seeks to discover and share some of the world’s most fascinating styles of music, whilst supporting the artists and communities that create it.

Ashley has played with such notable artists as Greg Osby, James Morrison and Carl Orr, and has performed music in five continents.

“…the music simply does away with any divisions or genres but melds it all together into something just short of exquisite.”

– Jazz in Europe

West of the World is an 8-piece band African/Jazz project that play music inspired by the rhythms and sounds of West Africa, combined with the melodies and improvisation of jazz.The music pairs West-African instruments such as the Balafon, Djembe and Kora with jazz instruments like double bass, trumpet and saxophone and the result is music that transcends borders and language barriers. With deep, layered grooves and fiery, intense improvisations, West of the World brings together the rawest elements of both jazz and West-African music in a celebration of music, heritage and friendship.

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