Asura is Ryan York, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford. 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, York’s personal sound encompasses the best parts of electronic, experimental, modern classical and folk without ever falling into the tropes of any of these genres. Ryan has contributed mixes for XLR8R, Mary Anne Hobbs and the Low End Theory podcast (among many others), and has shared the stage with electronic luminaries such as Daedelus and Nosaj Thing and jazz notables Dave Liebman and Ray Drummond and contributed cello playing for Zola Jesus.
York’s other projects include Gold and Soil, a duo with Ana Caravelle, as well as production and arrangements for Ana’s new solo works. He has also released the excellent ‘Zipperlegs’ EP for Leaving Records under his own name.