LISTEN: Ashni Mixes Jazz & Indian Classical Influences Together On “How Much Is Your Silence Worth”

Ashni is a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, and pianist. Her relationship with the stage began with classical North Indian dance, Kathak, and western classical piano. A first-generation Indian American, she grew up absorbing the voices of both Hindustani classical and jazz music that were often floating around her childhood home. From these roots, she incorporates her love for pop, folk, and R&B, and envelops listeners in a reflective, cathartic dimension. Her work meditates on the relationships we build with the self, others, and community.

On the striking ” How Much Is Your Silence Worth,” a fluid melody displays Ashni’s warm vocal timbre, before kicking into a wonderfully syncopated groove that breathes life into a stratospheric crescendo. Highlighted by a hypnotic fusion of eastern violin melodies, “How Much Is Your Silence Worth” is a blend of jazz and pop, with a hint of the artist’s Indian classical influences. The song is a reflection on the dismissal, co-opting, and distortion of women and femme voices.

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