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Dawn of MIDI
February 10, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Acclaimed acoustic ensemble Dawn of MIDI to perform at The Kitchen.
Dawn of Midi is a Brooklyn-based acoustic ensemble made up of Aakaash Israni from India on double bass, Amino Belyamani from Morocco on piano and Qasim Naqvi from Pakistan on drums. With their critically acclaimed 2015 album Dysnomia (Erased Tapes), the band abandoned improvisation in favor of highly precise composition, utilizing sophisticated rhythmic structures from North and West African folk traditions to weave a sonic tapestry of trance-inducing grooves— a singular sound Israni has deemed "both musically futuristic and sonically vintage."
When & where
Wednesday February 10 2016 @ 8pm
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th STreet
Tickets $15 available online at www.thekitchen.org
By phone at 212.255.5793 x11
in person at The Kitchen Tuesdays – Saturdays, 2 - 6pm
Of their 2015 album, Dysnomia, Dawn of Midi’s Amino Belyamani says: “We didn’t want to create anything cerebral… we wanted something visceral, something that would awaken our instinctive dance impulses.” Having met at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles in 2006, Dawn of Midi found their original rapport through late night tennis matches on the campus court. The chemistry they founded there eventually led them back indoors to make music together.
The manner, by which a trio of solely acoustic instruments ends up sounding like electronic music, has to do with the unconventional ways the group play their instruments onDysnomia. The record comes to life in the trio’s critically acclaimed live shows, a test of endurance and trust that involves performing their hand-looped acoustic minimalism note for note, just as the compositions were recorded. Pitchfork praised Dysnomia upon release: “It’s a new bridge out of traditional jazz to the rest of the world, and it’s built with obsessive precision.” Dawn of Midi’s sets are as energetic and rhythmic as a seamlessly mixed DJ-set, mesmerizing fans in the same way the group’s favorite experimental and electronic acts have for decades.
The Kitchen is one of New York City’s most forward-looking nonprofit spaces, showing innovative work by emerging and established artists across disciplines. Our programs range from dance, music, performance, and theater to video, film, and art, in addition to literary events, artists' talks, and lecture series. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country, and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence.