Qasim Naqvi : drums

Qasim Naqvi: Photo by Ayana Vellissia JacksonAs a com­pos­er and per­former of mul­ti styl­is­tic music, Qasim Naqvi has been involved in many fronts, nav­i­gat­ing through the cor­ri­dors of free impro­vi­sa­tion, rock, elec­tron­i­ca and con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal music.

As a com­pos­er, Qasim has pro­duced works for The Cal­i­for­nia Ear Unit, The Loos Ensem­ble of the Nether­lands, The New Cen­tu­ry Ensem­ble, Mid­night Winds and Oth­ers. He is cur­rent­ly musi­cal direc­tor for Ensem­ble Pak­istan.

He has com­plet­ed fel­low­ships at Har­vest Works, Art Omi, Acad­e­mie Schloss Soli­tude and Steim. A native of New York, Qasim’s ori­gins lie in impro­vised music. While liv­ing and study­ing in New York, he worked as a drum­mer accom­pa­ny­ing such artists as Reg­gie Work­man, Don Byron, Butch Mor­ris, Bran­don Ross, Shahzad Ismai­ly, Elysian Fields and oth­ers.

Heav­i­ly immersed in the down­town scene, he felt a grow­ing urgency to broad­en his under­stand­ing of com­po­si­tion and decid­ed to pur­sue a master’s degree in com­po­si­tion and per­for­mance at Cal­i­for­nia Insti­tute of The Arts. He is cur­rent­ly a mem­ber of the Axis Trio, Dirty Squid, The Plea­sure Cir­cus Band, The Beg­gar Col­lec­tive, Dawn of Midi and Hen­ry Wolfe.

Qasim has also pro­duced works for numer­ous Core­a­g­ra­phers in New York and Europe includ­ing Gabri Christa, Yael Car­a­van, Tai Jiminez, Tin Pen Chi and Adapt. His film works have been seen on The Sun­dance Chan­nel, HBO, NBC, PBS, The Tribeca Film Fes­ti­val, Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val, Clare­mont Fer­rant and Oth­ers. Qasim’s work also extends into the realm of the­ater, includ­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions with the New Group in New York and award win­ning direc­tor Lars Jan. Qasim holds a Bach­e­lors degree in Per­for­mance from Mannes Col­lege of Music and a Mas­ters In Com­po­si­tion and Per­for­mance from Cal­i­for­nia Insti­tute of the Arts. He cur­rent­ly resides in New York City.