Brooklyn solo artist Ashni first discovered her passion for music as a student of classical piano and North Indian Kathak dance. Marrying these distinct influences in a similar practice to cosmopolitan, cross-pollinating musicians like Alice Coltrane and Arthur Russell (whose use of eastern theory and drone music helped introduce foreign, forward-thinking concepts to pop), Ashni released her sweeping spiritual jazz mantra “Weave” back in 2017. Ashni uses a wavering drone on “Weave” to elicit meditation and calm, while her voice and piano playing usher us into a state of bliss.
The first-generation Indian-American musician revisits the track through a newly released music video directed by Remy Fink. In an email, Ashni shed light on the powerful, female-focused imagery: “The video highlights community–women of color in particular–to explore the self, the systems we are raised in and how we communicate within, across, and in spite of them.”
Casting the video with close personal friends, Ashni also managed to put her person touch on these new visuals by co-choreographing movements with Candace Taylor and editing the final product with Shravya Kag. Watch the stunning visuals above.
Stream Ashni’s Live Sessions EP below.