Alireza Ashrafpour aka “The Ash” is a professional electric/fretless (Microtonal) guitar player, composer, singer, guitar instructor and folklore music researcher based in Iran. He began to play the 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 properly.
He formed the band Omnium with his fellow guitarist 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).
Joining Haman band and releasing a couple of band’s singles and a few shows happened between 2016 to 2019.
Forming Hengam Ensemble in summer 2015 with Amirhosein Alahdadi and some successful shows in Karaj and Tehran in 2017 led the band to their first (live-recorded) album (New Epoch)** published in September 2018 (Javan records).
In 2018 he moved to Turkey and after a few shows in Istanbul and Antalya he planned to return to his homeland to form his own Trio. In mid-2019 he started “The Ash Trio” to play live for the first time since his return from Turkey.
Recording his first Instrumental album on a fretless guitar, releasing two albums of his compositions, releasing a few singles (4 to be exact!), playing live his compositions, translating Kenny Werner’s “Effortless Mastery book”, writing and producing and playing the guitar on a few singles for some talented musicians, are among his ongoing projects in 2019-2020.
*Goku on Beeptunes
** New Epoch on Beeptunes