Classically trained violinist with a passion to use my skills to explore other musical worlds. I am equally at home in concert halls, folk festivals, jazz bars and in my home studio and am lucky to have a really versatile career. I have a string quartet, Amika, that focusses on collaboration and playing with jazz artists, a crossover orchestra, Kaleidoscope Orchestra, that specialises in recreating dance music in an orchestral setting and I play in many classical chamber music ensembles. I adore folk music and have a real love for beautiful simplicity but also love to get my groove on!
My own music takes flavour from all my influences and is hard to define just yet. My most recent release was an all string cover of Four Tet’s LA Trance and you can check my soundcloud out for more originals and a cover of Michael Jackson.
I compose, arrange and record strings and love collaborating with artists in a creative way and I can’t wait to create with you guys!
Finding The Light is a piece written by Simmy Singh that has been enhanced by the beguiling voice of Ali Asaad and the enchanting Kora of Josh Doughty, an unlikely but beautiful collaboration of sounds and worlds. The piece is about always searching for the light that lives in every one of us. Whether in conflict with ourselves or each other, remembering to honour that shining light that burns bright in us all can lead us towards authenticity, forgiveness, love and hope.
It is a text and a composition written by Ali Asaad. Ali used his Syrian Levantine Arabic dialect writing the text, utilizing a blended approach of genres in the composition, ranging from arabic maqam singing techniques to scatting, and a wide range of influences by electronic music, all along with contributions by Simmy’s violin and Josh’s Kora that flow with texture of the work. “Wine” designates the thrill that is reached by using the spiritual drink historically in the levant by literati, in kind of sessions or rituals.
Three unlikely artists come together from across the globe to create this online collaboration of Syrian Vocal, violin and Kora! the origin of this piece started as a creation by Josh doughty on the kora, then Ali Asaad added his haunting vocal and then came the beautiful moving strings by Simmy Singh. altogether it creates a moving unknowing emotion, moving towards something exciting but yet scary, it could be battle or it could be freedom.
No submissions for Beyond Music Project Volume 2.
No submissions for Beyond Music Project Volume 1.