About Ash Madni

Composer Ash Madni has drawn on a lifetime of exotic influences and experiences from the East and West to create his latest compositions. Recently signed, non exclusively, with Hollywood sound has evolved and multiple collaborations with musicians. Ash has been appointed composer in residence at the prestigious International composers festival in Hastings in 2018

Ash’s evocative music explores a new tonal, easy listening fusion style which was well received in February 2012 when his ‘Sounds from the Bazaar’ was performed by the Ten Tors Orchestra, conducted by Simon Ible, in the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival. “Eminently listenable,” wrote Philip R Buttall in The Herald, Plymouth, praising Ash’s “vivid sound picture, where ethnic influences blended seamlessly with instrumental effects.”

The heady cacophony of the bazaar, calls to prayer and Indian serod and sitar ragas formed the soundtrack to Ash’s early childhood in the Middle East. He says: “Until I moved to the UK in the 1970’s I had never heard classical music, and soon became fascinated with the possibilities of the fusion of eastern and western styles.”

A self-taught musician and composer, Ash has built up an impressive catalogue of over 30 compositions and has some notable followers around the world. His first collection, ‘Mystic Thoughts’ recorded by the Monzi Quartet, was released last year, and the actor Simon Callow is a fan. He says: “Ash Madni’s Mystic Thoughts is a must listen.”

Kazakh violinist Marat Bisengaliev is the leader of the Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI), now in its 11th season. He has been bombarded with requests from composers for the renowned orchestra to play their music, but he says: “There’s no point in playing music that isn’t world class. But I’m sure, little by little, there will be some composers who produce interesting work.”

It is a considerable credit to Ash that some of his compositions will be the first to be recorded by the SOI.

‘Mystic Thoughts’ fuses baroque and classical music with contemporary ideas, taking the listener on a journey around the world from west to east and back again.

In his review of the ‘Mystic Thoughts‘ recording, Director of the Manchester Symphonia Richard Howarth says:
“The music on this CD represents a new original voice. It has its own trade mark style, is approachable and demands to be listened to. Most of the tracks offer a catchy rhythmic peg on which to hang the tunes, some of which are extensive, others fragmentary. There are moments, mostly fleeting, of the sumptuous harmonies from the Western tradition appearing as if from nowhere out of the predominately Eastern sounds of the plucked cello and decorated upper lines.”

‘Sounds from the Bazaar‘, the first movement of which can also be purchased from Amazon.co.uk and iTunes.