(PRWeb UK) April 9, 2011
Self-taught composer and musician Ash Madni has just released his debut CD - MYSTIC THOUGHTS - 13 pieces for string quartet. Played by the Monzi Quartet, this debut CD explores the capabilities of the string quartet and gives the listener an insight into the incredible talent of this amazing composer. The CD is available for digital download at Classical shop.net ;
Ash spent his early childhood living in the Middle East where the sounds from the bazaar, call to prayer and Classical Indian music (serod and sitar ragas) were part of his everyday life. When he moved to the UK in the seventies, he had never heard classical music, but was instantly interested in exploring the new sounds. Today, he mixes the both the sounds from his childhood with classical and western music – in a true east meets west fusion.
Ash, an integrated circuit design engineer by day, took formal rock guitar lessons from a graduate of the Guitar Institute of California and originally started composing his own music to help improve his guitar playing. He then applied these skills to classical music and has now composed over 30 pieces of varying lengths.
He finished writing his first album in 2010 and although only had a very limited release, has already received excellent reviews from many people including Richard Howarth, Manchester Sinfonia, and Duncan Saunderson from the Liedertafel Ensemble.
'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' Richard Howarth
Three pieces from this album have already been played at Bridgewater Hall by the Court String Quartet.
'Ash Madni's writing is fresh and lively; it draws the listener in most effectively. It cleverly showcases the possibilities of sound from a string quartet and the enjoyment the writing clearly inspires in the players is apparent' Duncan Saunderson
Ash has composed some much larger pieces, such as Violin concerto in G, Horn concerto and Piano concerto. The Violin concerto will be performed by the Kent Sinfonia on the 24th of June 2011.
This remarkable introduction leaves the listener demanding more, anxious to hear the bigger, more expansive works, and full of confidence that this talented composer will receive the acclaim he so clearly deserves.
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