Dawn of Midi, a collective comprised of percussionist Qasim Naqvi (Music MFA 08), contrabassist Aakaash Israni (Music MFA 08) and pianist Amino Belyamani (Music 08), recently received a 2011 Chamber Music America grant for their new multimedia work, Kashmir, which premiers in Porto, Portugal, on Sunday (Nov. 13) at the Serralves Foundation Document-se! Festival.
The group, which champions a “minimal” sound within the confines of a traditional jazz trio, released its 2010 debut album, First, to high acclaim.
Kashmir focuses on the complex demographic, religious and sociopolitical struggle in the Kashmir region of the Indian subcontinent—a region in which Israni and Naqvi share familial roots. The trio partnered with three filmmakers on the project: Prashant Bhargava and India-based Aamir Bashir and Shanker Raman.
More about the project from Dawn of Midi:
Kashmir is an interdisciplinary concert piece exploring how the recording and rewriting of history have been accelerated by the advent of information technologies, and the effect of that phenomenon on personal and cultural memory. The performance will place this investigation in the context of the territorial conflict over Kashmir. Visually, the performance will consist of multiple projections of processed video, creating a tapestry that acts as a visual counterpoint to the rhythmic and harmonic texture of the music, a three-movement composition by Dawn of Midi.
The American premier of the piece will take place in New York in 2012. The group is also busy preparing their sophomore album to be released on Thirsty Ear Records this year.
Above is the trailer for Dawn of Midi’s Kashmir. Below is a recent live album on Dawn of Midi’s Soundcloud page.
Dawn of Midi
Serralves Foundation Document-se! Festival
Nov. 13, 10 pm