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Dawn of Midi

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Biography of Dawn of Midi

Dawn of Midi is a collective made up of Indian contrabassist Aakaash Israni, Pakistani percussionist Qasim Naqvi, and Moroccan pianist Amino Belyamani. Creating a bold face on the notion of idiosyncratic music, Dawn of Midi blends together the sentiments of many musical worlds. In this age of modern improvisation where the distinctions between musical normatives are blurred, DoM’s thematic and timbral approach is reminiscent of many genres bound in one simultaneous moment.

DoM's sound-world is one of effortless juxtaposition; from the harmonic language of Debussy to the clammer and rattle of extended techniques evoking Cage’s piano preparations. In the global art music setting, one can sense a paradigm shift that veers towards an appreciation of timbre, color, and the silences that frame a musical offering. This new sensibility is immediately recognizable within DoM’s language. Dawn of Midi is creating a sound that connects with people who are unfamiliar with improvised music as well as highly adept listeners of more eclectic musical stylings.

After working as a group since 2007, Dawn of Midi released their debut Album First in March of 2010 (Accretions) to unanimous high praise from critics around the world. Within six month's of the album's release, the group's music was featured in Downbeat Magazine, Time Out New York, Point of Departure, New Music Box, The Chicago Reader Critic's Choice List, The Wire (on their bi-annual compilation CD The Wire Tapper) and placed 3rd on About.com's 'Best Piano Album's of 2010' list. In the same year, a court-métrage was created for their piece 'A way with words' by French filmmakers Maxime Bruneel and Adèle Miossec. In 2010, DoM has performed concerts in New York, Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Kyoto, Ohio (Oberlin Conservatory), California, and Chicago. In the spring of 2011, Dawn of Midi has been invited to perform at Gasteig in Munich (home of the Munich Philharmonic), Frankfurt, Niederstetten, England, Portugal, and Austria. Dawn of Midi is also in the planning stages of a Large-scale multimedia project, Kashmir, for which the organization Triple Canopy is acting as fiscal sponsor. Kashmir is a work exploring the acceleration of the recording and re-writing of history due to advances in mechanical memory, contextualized by the territorial conflict over the region of Kashmir. In preparation for the 2011 Copenhagen Lyd+Litteratur Festival, Dawn of Midi, in collaboration with German typographer and graphic designer Bernd Kuchenbeiser, is creating a performance consisting of a typographical/musical conversation centered on the text 'In The Penal Colony' by Franz Kafka.

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