Ash Cooke is an internationally recognised improvising guitarist and artist from North Wales.
Initially making his name in the 90’s Welsh band Derrero Ash has spent the last 20 years steadily building a reputation as an experimental musician and visual artist. 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.
Since their foundation in 1996 Derrero have released 4 critically acclaimed albums and toured with the likes of Super Furry Animals, Catatonia, Sebadoh and Granddaddy as well as collaborating on the film ‘Beautiful Mistake’ with John Cale. The band also recorded three sessions for the legendary John Peel
During the 2000’s Ash embarked upon a prolific solo career developing a unique brand of uncompromising cut & paste post music drawing upon found sound, spontaneous drawing and free improvisation.
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 council with acclaimed Welsh poet Patrick Jones and delivering lectures for Bangor University on improvisation and DIY music production
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 Edward.
Ash also runs the Dukes of Scuba web resource documenting free improvisation music in Wales and helping to raise the profile of Welsh avant art. Dukes of Scuba also runs a live concert series called SCRATCH providing performance opportunities in North Wales for Avant Welsh musicians.