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Dawn of Midi

Dawn of Midi is a collective made up of Pakistani percussionist Qasim Naqvi, Indian contrabassist Aakaash Israni and Moroccan pianist Amino Belyamani. This jagged, lyrical, explosive and sometimes silent debut recording resonates within the contours of many musical fronts. As a purely improvised work of complete takes, First is a testament to the power of pure acoustic music: the timbral possibilities of wood and metal and the enchanted course of spontaneous composition, from thought to action to air and silence. Captured in pristine fidelity by recording engineer and audio-didact Steve Rusch, Dawn of Midi's debut recording is a beautifully warped example of what a piano trio can do.

Creating a bold face on the notion of idiosyncratic music, Dawn of Midi, based in New York City and Paris, blends together the sentiments of many musical worlds. One can hear the harmonic language of Debussy spliced with 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.


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Dawn of Midi: First
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Explosive, nostalgic, lyrical and at times simply beyond categorization, Dawn of Midi's debut album celebrates acoustic music illuminated by the collision of vigor and spontaneous action.

Dawn of Midi makes Top 3 in's "Best Piano Albums of the Year"

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"Improvisationally gifted musicians with chemistry, the cats can play."
- Mark Dresser

"...a uniquely dynamic impression through an array of unpredictable moves... Dawn of Midi's delivery and conviction is warm and compelling with a colourful and vast narrative... a mixture of satisfying bewilderment and a wondrous anxiety..."
- Matt Synthia

"...the most unleashed, most longing, melancholic free jazz [I've] heard in years."
Max Dax, Spex Magazine

"...they don't sound like any other trio that I've heard before..."
- Taran Singh, Taran's Free Jazz Hour

"...some of the most mystical sounds of new music in my opinion...a beautifully played and recorded album...the sense of composition...everyone listening and leaving space for one another...a recipe for wonder!"
- Matt Smiley, Fail Better

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