Alireza Ashrafpour is a professional electric/fretless (Microtonal) guitar player, songwriter, singer, guitar instructor and music researcher based in Iran. He began to play guitar in 01/01/2000 (about the age of 20) playing pop-rock songs, but soon he switched to play electric guitar and wrote his first songs with English lyrics in 2002. Learning how to combine Iranian traditional and Folk music and starting to know about jazz music, helped him write his first fusion album Golku in 2005-06 (published in 2015-Barbad records)*. He wrote two more albums in 2011(Singles) and 2014 (Ghasedak), and a few singles, based on Persian poetry through these years which most of them were never published. He formed the band Omnium with Kaveh Sajjadi and they recently released the band’s first album (Down on earth) (written and recorded in 2015-16 and Released in 2018-wiznomusic).
But, forming Hengam Ensemble in summer 2015 with Amirhosein Alahdadi was a game changer! Some successful shows in Karaj and Tehran led the band to their first (live recorded) album (New Epoch)** published in September 2018 (javan records). Recording Hengam’s second album, Recording his first Instrumental album (The dialogue within), writing the HAFT XAN album (based on Ferdowsi’s SHAHNAMEH), Forming Heech Duo with fellow drummer Saeed Piltan in 2016 (band’s first Album will be released in 2019), joining Haman band, releasing a few of his own singles, translating Kenny Werner’s Effortless Mastery, writing and producing and playing guitar on a few singles for some talented musicians are among his ongoing projects.
*Golku on Beeptunes
** New Epoch on Beeptunes