Qasim Naqvi, whose choral work Fjoloy will be featured on the CSO’s MusicNOW program of June 6, has just been named as one of the Daily Beast’s “40 Most Intriguing Musicians of 2016.”
Author-musician Ted Gioia, who compiled the list, writes of Naqvi: “[He] first came to my attention as drummer for Dawn of Midi, that mind-blowing acoustic trio that somehow managed to sound like a potpourri of software effects gone wild. The next time I heard his music he was composing a long, elaborate choral composition. Then came chamber music for ‘Slightly Out of Tune Guitars, Vinyl Record Static and Grand Piano.’ In other settings, he is writing film music or developing a new ‘graphic language’ for notating music. If you want to expect the unexpected, keep tabs on this mercurial up-and-coming artist.”
Navqi’s latest release is “Preamble,” a series of short works for mixed acoustic instruments. The works were originally commissioned by media artist Mariam Ghani, choreographer Erin Ellen Kelly and the St. Louis Art Museum as a score to a film installation loosely based on China Miéville‘s sci-fi noir novel The City & the City.