Mohamed Assani



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Mohamed Assani

“Assani successfully combines the melodic sophistication of the Hindustani tradition with a more contemporary vibe. This is not easy to pull off, but the thoughtful approach taken by Assani gives the tracks a coherence that is sometimes lacking in other attempts.”  — Songlines Magazine

“The way Mohamed Assani has manipulated, caressed and amalgamated so many different styles under the watchful rule of his sitar playing is nothing short of mesmeric. A unique and surprising record that will take you places you've never been before.” — Vinyl Chapters

"Assani firmly departs from the established expectations of sitar performance, typically explorations of a raag over a drone. On the same token, Assani refuses to compromise the musical heritage of the sitar by taking it into Western musical frameworks. Assani instead offers a series of compositions that showcase the myriad stylistic directions that the sitar can take. His fusion is neither purist nor reductionist in its approach." - Rungh Magazine

Mohamed Assani is a sitarist and composer, known for his genre defying approach to music making. Trained in both Indian/Pakistani and Western Classical music, his music-making seamlessly draws from different genres and cultures with depth and authenticity. According to  the Georgia Straight Newspaper, “Assani is both a musician who's  deeply rooted in the artistic traditions of South Asia and a one-of-a-kind  innovator who's bent on ensuring that those age-old forms will survive and grow in the modern era.”

Mohamed has recently been nominated  as ‘Instrumental Artist of the Year' for the Western Canadian Music Awards 2021 & 2022. 
Mohamed has brought his sitar to new audiences across the globe  through innovative collaborations that have stretched the boundaries of  his instrument. Career highlights include co-writing a sitar concerto that was performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, performing for his Royal Highness the Aga Khan and being invited to teach at  London's prestigious Royal Academy of Music. Recently Mohamed was also invited to perform at the residence of celebrity couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas.

In April 2020, Mohamed launched his newest album, Wayfinder. Using a  refreshing, contemporary sound palette, Wayfinder incorporates a range  of stylistic influences, including Indian/Pakistani Classical, Middle  Eastern, jazz, funk, Western Classical, ambient & electronic music.. It  was produced by Juno and Emmy nominated producer, Adham Shaikh.  According to Vinyl Chapters, “The way Mohamed Assani has  manipulated, caressed and amalgamated so many different styles  under the watchful rule of his sitar playing is nothing short of  mesmeric.”  

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 roots from  which his tradition has emerged.Vancouver.



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A popular melodic mode that uses five or more notes to construct a melody in Indian classical music.


Communities or “families” of musicians which vary according to musical ancestry and methods of playing.

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