*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Independent Music Promotions*
18 August 2020
|One of Canada’s most exciting musicians who is blazing his own path with a masterful sitar-driven psychedelic electronic sound signature, Mohamed Assani walks the line between Ravi Shankar, Jimi Hendrix, Tool and Bonobo and the appeal of his instrumental creations is just as wide. Whether you’re into prog rock, world music, jazz, electronica, or just bottom-line great music, you should find something to love here.|
“Lucid Dreaming” is a dreamy, ambient single from the wheelhouse of composer & sitarist Mohamed Assani. Featuring sitar, tabla and electronic sounds, this track was recorded late at night in the mountains of Kootenay, B.C. and was inspired by the night sky.
Listen on Bandcamp.
Similar/RIYL: Anoushka Shankar, Nihtin Sawhney, Trilok Gurtu, Zakir Hussain
Genre(s): Indian/Pakistani, Electronic, Ambient, World
All compositions by Mohamed Assani (SOCAN). All rights reserved. © 2020.Sitar – Mohamed Assani
Tabla – Ustad Shahbaz Hussain
Producer – Adham Shaikh
“Assani is both a musician who’s deeply rooted in the artistic traditions of South Asia and a one-of-a-kind innovator. Vancouver’s world music scene – already one of the best anywhere – might be about to get a whole lot more interesting.” – The Georgia Straight
“Many of the [ISCM] festival’s most memorable pieces departed from the Eurocentric norm. One spectacular success was the world premiere of Mohamed Assani and John Oliver’s Pressed for Time, a concerto for sitar, tabla and orchestra, which for once, fully fused these two very different worlds. It was a triumph.” – Musicworks Magazine
“Worlds collide – and combine, beautifully.” – The Georgia Straight (about Mohamed’s sitar concerto)
* Mohamed Assani is an award-winning sitar player and composer, known for being a proactive ambassador for his rich musical tradition.
* Mohamed has performed Hindustani classical music, as well as his own original music across the globe — with orchestras, string quartets, hip hop artists, DJs, world music ensembles, jazz artists, Indian & Pakistani classical artists — and as a soloist.
* Mohamed has been invited to present his music to royalty and heads of state, including the Governor General of Canada, Royal Family of Dubai and HRH Prince Karim Aga Khan. In 2018, he also received an award from Drishti Magazine for ‘Innovation in the Arts.’
Official Website: www.mohamedassani.com
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mohamedassani
All photos credit to
Kristine Cofsky Photography (https://www.theportraitsessionsphotography.com/,
Mohamed’s musical journey began at Dartington College of Arts in England, where he did a degree in Western Classical and World music. He then went on to learn sitar in the traditional way and is a senior disciple of Ustad Ashraf Sharif Khan of the Poonch Gharana.
Mohamed is a leader in his field – forging new paths for his music to develop and grow, while remaining committed to the rich depths and roots from which his tradition has emerged. He is based in Vancouver, Canada.