One of the year’s best albums is a work of lunatic genius that, though forged in the cauldron of jazz improvisation, in the end contains not a whit of it. A 47-minute through-composed work divided into nine seamless movements, Brooklyn-based piano trio Dawn of Midi’s Dysnomia was recorded twice: once in the semi-improvised manner that characterized their 2010 debut, First, and a year later as the faux-electronic, neominimalist trance vehicle they’ll likely perform in its entirety tonight. Morocco-born Amino Belyamani translates bytes into gestures by performing right-handed figures while muting his piano’s strings with his left, while India-born bassist Aakaash Israni and Pakistani-American drummer Qasim Naqvi add to the looping elliptical orbits signified by the album’s lunar track titles (Dysnomia being our solar system’s farthest moon from the sun).
Tue., Sept. 3, 10:15 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 28, 2013