An evening of sensory overload feat. PDX's own
Melting Pot (PDX, KBOO), Asher Fulero
830 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR, 97214
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Halo Refuser is the futuristic electronica brainchild of virtuoso keyboardist/producer Asher Fulero (an anagram, re-arrange the letters to see). In this exotic landscape of sound his creatively futuristic beats, grooves and otherworldly textures combine with huge wobbly bass lines for a psychedelic experience that is equal parts sonic journey and body moving, drawing on the classics of cinematic dance music while balancing state-of-the-art textures and beats.
Both a Moog Artist and a Nord Artist, Fulero carries these prestigious synthesizer and piano endorsements well. He uses a laundry-list of modern production techniques and then re-warps it all from within Ableton Live, his main software for nearly 10 years. The result is captivating, cinematic EDM that falls somewhere between Dub, Glitch, Trip-hop, Drum-n-Bass, Downtempo, Whomp, and IDM, all without the obvious style-traps and never living too long in one place. While his album releases have been instrumental, he augments his live show with effected vocals, live keyboards and melodica, as well as fun wireless controller antics, live dancers, and performance-enhancing props like the L'Ha! Laser Harp.
Halo Refuser began by releasing three EP's for download, all 100% free. The first, entitled 'Hear Ourself' (also an anagram for his name), was released in July 2009. In July 2010 he followed up with the 'Lumbering (Single+Remixes)' EP, featuring contributions from talented producers Graintable, Solovox, Plumblyne, Auditory Sculpture, and Beartrap Mind. In February 2011 he released the third free EP, 'Dreamscape Chronicle', which was comprised of two long-form dance pieces.
This series of EPs was followed up by his June 2011 full-length debut album, 'Ambigrammatic', featuring appearances from drum legend KJ Sawka (Pendulum) as well as a collaboration with fellow PDX producer The Great Mundane. The limited-edition CD sports a mind-boggling Ambigram logo that reads 'Halo Refuser' but when flipped upside down clearly reads 'Asher Fulero'; an anagram AND an ambigram. Continuing his epic output for the year, in September 2011 Halo Refuser was featured by the groundbreaking NYC labelGlobal Vortex Records, which released his bass-heavy track, 'Liberty Persists' as a special 9/11 Tribute. In April 2012, his single 'The Lookout' was released by Seattle's Innerflightlabel as a part of their Left Coast Sampler Vol. 3.
Halo Refuser was given the prestigious festival-opening spot on the mainstage of the now-legendary 2012 What The Festival, and was also invited to perform at the well-respectedDecibel Festival 2012 where he shared a special bill with dance music legend Phil Hartnoll of Orbital, and Canadian up-and-comer Longwalkshortdock.
His newest release, Melting Magic, dropped in Jan 2013 on Innerflight Music, to rave reviews and bigger numbers than ever, mastered by UK legend Kevin Metcalf at The Soundmasters. With help from his new Booking/Management team Blue Sun Entertainment, 2013 is looking extremely exciting!
Halo Refuser has performed alongside established many other electronic innovators, such as Bluetech, Rena Jones, EOTO, Big Gigantic, KJ Sawka, R/D, Gaslamp Killer, Mike Slott, Sky Cries Mary, and more.
"Master Of The Remix' - The Oregonian
"Reminiscent of Emancipator or UNKLE... with bigger effects and that vortex sound, like Deadmau5 and Skrillex." - Willamette Week
Melting Pot (PDX, KBOO)
Asher Fulero is a prolific musical artist/composer/songwriter with virtuosic piano/keyboard skills and a modern-edged record producer that consistently defies categorization.
Constantly involved in a wide breadth of projects, he continually pushes his own boundaries both technically and stylistically and has captivated fans from Cairo to California with his fresh ideas and spontaneity.
Over the years he has made music with a long list of musical heavyweights, and boasts a long performance resume with groups of all kinds, at venues and festivals of all sizes and shapes. He has worked with Grammy-winning producers and recorded on an extensive catalog of studio albums, many of them engineered, produced, and/or mixed by Asher himself, in nearly every genre imaginable.
As a keyboardist, Asher is a Moog Artist and a Nord Artist, carrying prestigious endorsements from both legendary keyboard companies. He also occasionally acts as a clinician for Moog's newest technology.
From 2003-2009 he spearheaded a successful live-tronica duo called Surrounded By Ninjas, touring around the Western half of the country. Fulero disbanded the group after self-producing their 3rd album, 'Disassociation Association', in order to focus on a new solo production venture entitled Halo Refuser (an anagram of his name). Under this moniker he has been extremely prolific, with 6 releases in 3 years. After his first 3 free EPs (including remixes from artists like Graintable, Solovox, PlumbLyne, Auditory Sculpture and others) he debuted his full length CD 'Ambigrammatic' (with appearances from UK phenom KJ Sawka (Pendulum) and hiphop producer The Great Mundane) in 2011. He also released a 9/11 Tribute single on NYC label Global Vortex Records and contributed to a compilation from Seattle label Innerflight Music. In 2012 the project continued to climb, being invited to open the main stage at the inaugural What The Festival?! and then later being invited to perform at the legendary Decibel Festival immediately preceding the legendary Phil Hartnoll of Orbital. He had another single released in December as part of the first collection from the NW producer collective Mycelium Music (he also mastered the comp). His newest album 'Melting Magic' was just released in January 2013 on Innerflight Music, mastered by UK legend Kevin Metcalf at The SoundMasters.
In February 2010 Asher released his first solo piano album, a collection of sensitive improvisations entitled 'The Green Piano'. In a show of his fan-base's support and the new online model, he sold so many $5 digital copies that he was able to duplicate physical CD's from the online revenue alone. Two months later he released a free live album from his out-jazz trio Three For Madness as a gift to his supporters. Asher's second piano album is in progress, and nearing release.
For 12 years Asher has also performed with a Eugene Oregon-based Pink Floyd tribute group known as The Floydian Slips. Among their many notable moments were a 2007 outdoor show to packed streets in downtown Eugene with their faces projected onto the nearby buildings, and their 2010 performance of 'Dark Side of the Moon' with the Eugene Ballet Company (choreographed by legend Tony Pimble). Later that summer they broke attendance records at the Oregon Country Fair for a late-night blowout to over 6,000 people. Then, in October of 2012 they reprised their collaboration with the Ballet to rave reviews and went on to have a huge sell-out New Year's Eve performance at their home base, the McDonald Theater.
In the spring of 2010 he joined the Buto Beat All-Stars to perform at a sold-out dance show on the Nile river in Egypt. Then later that summer he headlined the 49th Philadelphia Folk Festival with reggae legend Jah Levi & The Higher Reasoning as well as appearing on his World Fusion Project series of star-studded studio releases, playing alongside Ernest Ranglin, Steve Kimock, Vieux Farka Toure, Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace, David Grisman, and many others.
Asher also has extensive experience as a recurring member of The Everyone Orchestra, a star-studded improvisational ensemble that constantly changes lineups. Asher toured across the US with E.O. during 2004-2006 during which time he performed and improvised with an extensive list of talent including members of Phish, String Cheese Incident, The Flecktones, The Meters, Steve Kimock, Garaj Mahal, JFJO, Tea Leaf Green, Railroad Earth, Hot Buttered Rum, Greensky Bluegrass, and many many more.
Asher also hosts and conducts the Keyboard Summit, an annual event in Portland Oregon which gathers a multitude of keyboard players together for an improvisational night of black and whites.
In his spare time he writes freelance music-gear reviews for Electronic Musician Magazine and creates videos and patches for Ableton sound-designers Puremagnetik.
2012 was incredibly busy; in January he worked with Grammy-winning Producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) on several albums, recording keyboards for Colorado jam legends Leftover Salmon, Portland guitar shredder Scott Pemberton, and Bay Area bluegrass heads Hot Buttered Rum. He appeared on the new studio album from popular singer/singwriter Shimshai and toured around with him during the summer and fall. In March, Asher performed a week-long solo residency at Portland's Crystal Hotel, doing a different tribute each night. Later that month he finally released his long-awaited rock band album Cocoon, a collaboration with Bay Area guitarist Sean Lehe called Fulero Lehe which was produced and mixed by Asher, and features his own voice singing lead for the first time (the band being unable to tour due to Lehe's health). He performed at a long list of summer festivals, solo and also with the Scott Law Reunion Band. In September the quartet released a live EP culled from their month-long February residency at Portland's legendary club, The Goodfoot. Over the summer he also mixed the upcoming electronic cross-over album from kirtan artists Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda. In addition to their 5th annual sold out tribute show in April, Asher's long-standing collaboration with the funky roots collective known as The Goodfoot All-Stars brought their hit James Brown Tribute show to a special packed-out set at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival in July that is still being talked about.