"Perhaps “abstract modern composition” best describes Preamble, a record perfectly suited to its title. Composed by Dawn Of Midi’s Qasim Naqvi and realized by the Contemporary Music Ensemble of NYU, Preamble is a thrilling, sonorous maze of conservatory gestures that stops just short of cohering into anything continuous or definitive.
Grouped, these carefully carved mini-movements confound one another like opposing weather fronts, swinging through moods without quite resolving into a full-fledged schizophrenia. But impressionism is hardly a crime, and the disappointment of Preamble is its brevity; half an hour is hardly long enough to truly get lost in the drift on offer here."
—Raymond Cummings / Magnet Magazine
released September 12, 2019
Composed and Conducted by Qasim Naqvi
Performed by the Contemporary Music Ensemble of NYU under the direction of Jonathan Haas
Recorded by Aaron Roche at the Church of the Advent of Hope, Manhattan NY
Mixed and Mastered by Andrew Munsey