Ashkan Kooshanejad

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Ash Koosha
OriginTehran, Iran
GenresElectronic Experimental Soundtrack Ambient
Occupation(s)Composer, record producer film director
Years active2007–present
LabelsOlde English Spelling Bee Ninja Tune Realms
Associated actsTake It Easy Hospital Roya Arab

Ashkan Kooshanejad (Persian: اشکان کوشانژاد; born 13 August 1985), also known as Ash Koosha, is a British-Iranian composer, record producer, innovator[1] living in London, United Kingdom. He mainly uses computer software in his work. He played the lead role in an Iranian-Cannes jury prize winner docufiction film by director Bahman Ghobadi called No One Knows About Persian Cats, which follows his band's story scouring the Iranian underground music scene trying to find musicians to play in a festival in the UK.[2] [3]

Kooshanejad sought asylum in the UK as a result of the reaction to the film in Iran.[4][5]

Kooshanejad released the album GUUD in 2015. The video for "I Feel That" was directed by digital artist Hirad Sab.[6] The album has received positive feedback and support from music critics such as pitchfork (website).[7] The album holds a rating of 4.4/5 on discogs.[8]

He released his second LP I AKA I on London label Ninja tune which has gained critical acclaim worldwide.[citation needed] The album holds a rating of 8/10 on Allmusic and 79 on Metacritic [9] I AKA I was accompanied by mainly digital videos created by Hirad Sab and was premiered on Adult Swim.[10]

In 2015 he introduced the concept for the world's first virtual reality album and has developed multi sensory experiences for songs such as Snow, OTE, Stained and Eluded since.[11] He has performed using a virtual reality headset for the first time at the London Institute of Contemporary Art, in collaboration with TheWaveVR.[12]

In 2018 he introduced a virtual singer named "YONA" using advanced technologies [13]

Early life and education[edit]

Kooshanejad was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He studied music at Tehran Conservatory Of Music.[14]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title
2015 GUUD
2016 I AKA I
2017 CHIMERA EP
2018 AKTUAL
2018 Unnamed
2018 Return 0
2018 A OK
2018 STAMINA

Singles[edit]

Year Title
2016 Biutiful
2016 Faint
2018 Aroha

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Functioned as
Director Screenwriter Producer Composer Actor
2009 No One Knows About Persian Cats (Feature) No No No Yes Yes
2015 Fermata (Feature) Yes Yes Yes Yes No
2017 Another News Story (Feature/Documentary) No No No Yes No

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.theransomnote.com/music/interviews/extension-of-self-ash-koosha-talks/
  2. ^ Davies, Rodrigo (25 March 2010). "Iran's underground rock scene thrives despite censors". BBC News.
  3. ^ Richard Gehr (30 January 2017). "Ash Koosha: Acclaimed Iranian Musician on Being Newly Banned From U.S." Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  4. ^ McElroy, Damien; Allen, Benjamin (11 August 2009). "Iran rock band seeks asylum in Britain". The Telegraph.
  5. ^ Backer, Stina (8 August 2009). "Iranian stars who shone at Cannes ask Britain for asylum". The Independent.
  6. ^ Liu, Juliet (8 July 2015). "Enter Ash Koosha's Extra-Dimensional Virtual Reality In The Video For "I Feel That"". The FADER.
  7. ^ http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/17588-ash-koosha-harbour/
  8. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Ash-Koosha-GUUD/release/8122155
  9. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/i-aka-i/ash-koosha
  10. ^ http://www.adultswim.com/videos/music-videos/ash-koosha-mudafossil/
  11. ^ http://www.factmag.com/2016/03/02/ash-koosha-interview-ninja-tune-virtual-reality/
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ https://www.thefader.com/2018/08/24/ash-koosha-yona-return-0-interview-new-video
  14. ^ Philip Sherburne (16 September 2015). "Ash Koosha: Conducting Destruction". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 3 June 2016.