When he’s not on tour as the drummer of Dawn of Midi, Brooklyn-based composer Qasim Naqvi creates original music for film, dance, theatre and international chamber ensembles. His most recent work delves deep into the timbres of analogue synthesizers and orchestral configurations.
His music has appeared on HBO, NBC, PBS, Vice, New York Times Op-Docs, and at Tribeca, Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals, as well as in installations at The Guggenheim Museum, dOCUMENTA 13 + 14, MOMA, The Liverpool Biennial and The St. Louis Art Museum. Qasim’s chamber and orchestral music has been performed by the yMusic Ensemble, The Now Ensemble, The BBC Concert Orchestra, The Contemporary Music Ensemble of NYU, Stargaze, The Helsinki Chamber Choir, The Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, as part of Nimbus Dance Works and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW Season.
Qasim’s most recent album ‘Beta’, a sister release to last year’s acclaimed six-part modular synth suite ‘Teenages’, showcases a series of experiments chronicling Naqvi’s understanding of writing for this type of instrument and the growth of the instrument itself.