The Nawab of Nuance
Mohamed Assani is a celebrated sitar player, known for his creative musical collaborations with artists of all genres. He has performed across the globe – including in the UK, Canada, USA & UAE – with orchestras, string quartets, hip hop artists, DJs, world music ensembles, jazz artists, and Indian and Western classical artists—and, of course, solo. According to Georgia Straight, “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 composed and performed original music for theatre – for the stage adaptation of Kipling’s “The Man Who Would be King” play (26 performances in the County of Yorkshire, UK in 2007), as well as for an original production called Dancing Within Walls, performed at Manchester’s Contact Theatre in 2004. He teaches at the VSO School of Music in Downtown Vancouver.