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Beca

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The album is inspired by the underground Welsh art group 'Beca' who developed a vivid and politically charged visual language in the 70's & 80's to challenge the nature of what Welsh art should & could be. For me the idea of confronting cultural injustice echoes many my own ideas regarding music & non - idiomatic guitar playing and has a direct connection to the Gwrth - gitâr movement that I am co-founder of.


Gwrth-gitâr (anti-guitar) is free playing in the sense that anything goes. It does not explicitly reject standard Western tuning, melody or harmony, but it does reject the need for such things. It seeks to explore new ways of using a traditional and universally familiar object to paint an alternative view of the world. It is improvised, unrehearsed, and leaves as much to chance as it does to the ability of the operator. It has no interest in being reproducible.


The 'Beca' album contains 5 improvisations for stringless guitar and preparations.

Track 6 contains dialogue of Beca founder Paul Davies being interviewed about Beca for Welsh TV in the 1980's. The video of this interview formed part of an installation piece at the 'Beca Rising' exhibition held at Storiel Bangor in late 2018.

www.storiel.cymru/whats-on/beca-rising/

More information on Beca and Welsh political art can be found here

www.artcornwall.org/features/Iwan_Bala_Art_in_Wales.htm

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released April 1, 2019

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Ash Cooke Wales, UK


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.

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