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Asura and Anenon

Asura is 23 year-old Ryan York, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently living in Los Angeles. Ryan has been studying music since the age of six, beginning with piano, trumpet (age 9), guitar (11), and finally double bass (14). York worked as a semi-professional jazz bassist throughout high school and college and began recording music at the age of 12 on a sony walkman, eventually teaching himself electronic production and engineering on a home PC. At the age of 18 Ryan came to Los Angeles to study double bass with jazz masters Kenny Burrell and Anthony Wilson in UCLA's Jazz Studies program but quickly realized that his artistic interests could not be completely satisfied through a formal jazz education. With an ear deeply rooted in jazz, Ryan also started turning towards the modern classical and electronic scenes of Los Angeles. The past year and half have seen him focus his energies toward creating a bridge between LA's thriving beat scene and also its world of experimental and improvisational music, mostly facilitated by his association with the Non Projects label, an imprint of Alpha Pup Records started by Brian Simon that is devoted to finding and nurturing creative talents and their music. On an international level, Ryan has done mixes for Mary Anne Hobbs and the Low End Theory podcast (among many others), been featured on websites such as XLR8R and RCRD LBL, and has shared the stage with electronic luminaries such as Daedelus and Nosaj Thing and jazz notables Dave Liebman and Ray Drummond. Ryan's eponymous debut album as Asura was released on Non Projects in January 2010. He has since remixed Shlohmo, Take, Baths, and Oscar McClure, released a split 12" with Non Projects founder Anenon, and produced and engineered Ana Caravelle's debut album Basic Climb. Ryan is currently a resident at Futura (alongside Teebs, another young beatsmith), a new monthly concert series co-presented by Flying Lotus and Daddy Kev. Upcoming projects include the Zipperlegs EP to be released on Leaving Records, a jazz/improv album with his acoustic trio in which he plays double bass, a collaborative album with Ana Caravelle, and the second Asura LP for Non Projects. Anenon is Brian Allen Simon, a 27-year old composer and multi-instrumentalist whose passions reside in the ever-changing intersection of Heart and Ability in the fields of music and sound. Beyond a strong focus on his own artistic endeavors, Simon is also engaged in encouraging the works of other talented artists as the founder and CEO of Non Projects, a creative music label based out of Los Angeles. In just one year, the label has seen widely lauded releases from himself, Asura, Ana Caravelle and a.d.l.r. With growing attention paid to his own works and the gifted and unique core of artists on Non Projects, Simon has recently been featured on the cover of the LA Times' Brand X weekly paper. A lifetime resident of Los Angeles, Brian studied Music History and Theory at UCLA with no prior formal musical training. Within a rigorous academic framework, Simon's ear quickly picked up on all things music from Gregorian chant to 12-tone writing among many other forms, though it was both the inspiring and improvisatory melodic playing of free jazz musicians such as Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Keith Jarrett combined with the influence of many outer milieu current electronic composers that compelled Simon to make his own music. A saxophone and much electronic equipment were soon acquired and the guise Anenon was born. As Anenon, Simon's music envelops the listener's entire body with ethereal audio imagery. Synthesizers, sample fragments, saxophone playing and any other found sounds combine to create worlds of driving dream-like evocations in which listeners can get lost. Anenon has been featured on the Silver Trees / Damiel split EP with Asura (Non Projects) and will also be appearing on the upcoming Only Mountain: The Remixes by Take (Alpha Pup), Basic Climb Re-Imagined by Ana Caravelle (Non Projects), Brownswood Electr*c 2 on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label and ultimately his own full length debut for Non Projects.

My Artists Sessions

Wednesday, March 16

8:00pm CDT