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Mohamed Assani

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Burnaby
Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu

"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." ?Georgia Straight As well as being a celebrated sitar performer who has toured the globe, Mohamed is a gifted, caring and qualified music teacher. He has delivered numerous workshops, classroom projects and performances in schools across England and Canada. He has taught World Music at the Royal Academy of Music, University of Huddersfield (UK) and the British School of Performing Arts in London. Mohamed currently teaches Indian music at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music. He also tours in schools through ArtStarts' Artists on Tour Directory.


Our students were so engaged and loved to hear and take part in the music. Stoney Creek Community School, Burnaby
The entire school enjoyed this presentation and Mohamed Assani presented himself very professionally, displaying a passion and excellent musicianship which brought a depth to the day. Students were amazed at how well he could play. MEI Middle School, Abbotsford
His playing is fierce, resolute, and gripping. I can say with complete confidence that our burgeoning multicultural music scene has a new master in its midst. There's no denying that this is extraordinary music. The Georgia Straight

Project Examples

Tailor-made Music Residencies

Mohamed offers tailor-made music residencies in schools in which students are exposed to South Asian music - the music of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. A typical one-day residency starts with an inspiring 30-minute assembly for the whole school, where Mohamed introduces students to the instruments and music, performs on sitar and tabla (hand drums), and engages in Q & A. This is followed by 3-4 interactive workshops with smaller groups (up to 30 students), resulting in a performance outcome at the end of the day. The workshops give students a hands-on music-making experience using South Asian melodies and rhythms. Mohamed's workshops promote a general knowledge of South Asian music, including instruments, oral culture of music-making, geography and sounds; introduce students to the basics of rhythm, including pulse, tempo, etc; introduce students to the basics of South Asian melody, including notes and scales; develop coordination through clapping, chanting, body drumming, etc; increase math skills through a rhythmic experience (counting, dividing, fractions, etc); instil personal confidence and group bonding, through a final group performance; instil an appreciation for South Asian arts and culture. Longer residencies can include composition work, advanced performance practices and more. These are tailored for each school based on your objectives.

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