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ABOUT

Ash Cooke is an internationally recognised improvising guitarist and artist from North Wales.

 

With a career spanning nearly three decades Ash belongs to the current generation of eager and explorative experimental Welsh artists who have carefully operated under the radar of the contemporary Avant art scene for more years than they care to remember, steadfastly unafraid to swim against the tide and self-produce and self-release uncompromising work outside of the mainstream.

 

Initially making a name for himself in the late 90's with the angular art rock band Derrero and subsequently under the aliases of Pulco & Chow Mwng, Ash's music fuses his work as a visual artist with a skillfully crafted approach to improvised guitar playing that he terms  'Gwrth-gitâr' (anti-guitar).

 

His work has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and has been released on labels such as Beartown, Independent Woman in New Zealand and Linear Obsessional.

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As well as session work and composition Ash has been involved in numerous projects and commissions for S4C, BBC and National Museum of Wales

Ash's teaching work has included running song/lyric writing workshops for Torfean library and he has recently been commissioned by Conwy Council to run a series of community focused workshops examining creativity through painting & improvised music.

Since 2020 Ash has also chaired the steering group for a Ty Cerdd professional development programme called CoDi Off-grid. His work has led to the formation of a Wales wide Network for experimental music, an artist database and a rolling programme of online speaker events and network meetings

In order to support the burgeoning Welsh experimental scene Ash founded the Recordiau Prin record label in 2016 which has to date curated over 20 releases including new material from Datblygu’s David R Edwards.

Ash runs Dukes of Scuba. DOS is a webzine, record label and monthly workshop series in Bangor called LLif(t) which aims to increase participation & widen the audience for practitioners working within the field of free improvisation.

Despite painting prolifically for many years Ash finally held his first solo exhibition of paintings at Galeri in Caernarfon in July 2023

ashcookemusic@gmail.com

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