Asha Mevlana was Invert's violist from June 1999 to September 2003 and her playing is featured on Invert's self-titled first CD, and on their second CD "Between The Seconds."

Asha is a Boston native who began studying classical viola at the age of six. After graduating from Wellesley College in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in music, she relocated to New York City

Shortly after her move she began studying improvisation, jazz, and blues with Julie Lyonn Lieberman.  The members of Invert met Asha through Lieberman and invited her to join the ensemble soon after first hearing her playing.

Growing up in Boston, she attended the New England Conservatory extension division where she performed with Benjamin Zander's Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in various countries including Chile, Italy, Switzerland and France. During this time, she also studied privately with Boston Symphony Orchestra members, Michael Zaretsky and Ed Gazouleus.

Asha is active in spreading awareness of breast cancer to young women, and her story of surviving it at an early age has been featured in Marie Claire magazine, The Today Show and Lifetime Television. 

In January 2004 Asha relocated to Los Angeles and began performing on an 7-string electric fretted violin designed by Mark Wood.   Since then she has performed with Gnarls Barkley, Porcelain, The Mark Wood Orchestra, Goddess Rock, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Heads We Lose, and in the string section for Dee Snider's rock opera "Van Helsing's Curse," among many others.
photo by Carla Clayton-Niederman