Aska Matsumiya is classically trained pianist and an LA based musician and artist who has been creating work for the past 13 years. As a key figure in the Los Angeles music scene, She has played music with the likes of Flea (red hot chili peppers), Nick Zinner (YeahYeahYeahs), Alex Ebert (Edward sharp and the magnetic zeros) and Money Mark.
She was a co-founder / composer / arranger of Ladies Choir, a group of 30 women choir based out of Los Angeles. Their first EP was produced by the legendary Jim Scott who has worked with (Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Wilco, Sting etc….) , Aska on the piano and Flea on bass. The LA ladies choir performed at numerous charity & music events working with the “children of the night” (non profit organization for the rescue of children from child prostitution).
Matsumiya was in bands such as Moonrats, ESP, opening up for Maroon 5, Cat Power, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Daedelus, AA Bondy, Warpaint, and others. She also wrote for and performed in the conceptual art band The Sads with art curator Aaron Rose.
As a live gallery installation, The Sads have performed throughout Europe and the US at Art Basel in Miami, Palais de Tokyo Museum in Paris, ICA in London, and The Journal Gallery in New York.
In 2010, one of the songs from her first EP was featured as the theme song for the Spike Jonze short film “I’m Here” and won the award for best original music at the AICP awards. This was turning point for her career as she realized that scoring films was her true passion.
Since then, She has scored the short film “After Dark” for 3.1 Philip Lim (directed by Rain Li with cinematography by Christopher Doyle), as well as hundreds of ads and commercials for the likes of Chanel, MAC Cosmetics, Moncler, Alexander McQueen, Chevy, Adidas, Kate Spade, and more.
Matsumiya and the filmmaker Crystal Moselle started collaborating on fashion films and short films for NOWNESS in 2010, and later collaborated on Moselle’s feature length film The Wolfpack. In 2015, she also composed music for BLANKA, a feature length film that received the Sorriso Diverso Award and the Lanterna Magica Award at the Venice Film Festival.
Recently, she worked on the 12th installment of Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales, the short film “That One Day” directed by Moselle, as well as a new tv series for Viceland coming out in the Fall.
Matsumiya knew from a young age that she was destined to make a life in music. Many years later, she still believes that it’s the purest form of expression, aside from love. While words have geographical limitations, nothing can limit music’s power to transform and communicate.