Gig preview: Tyondai Braxton and Dawn of Midi at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Tyondai Braxton. Picture: Dusdin Condren
Tyondai Braxton. Picture: Dusdin Condren
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A don’t miss double bill of America’s most inventive musicians. Composer, electronic musician and former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton brings together electronic and modern orchestral elements in his thrilling new solo show. The first half sees a performance from equally original US act Dawn of Midi who supported Radiohead at Madison Square Gardens and Nils Frahm on his last UK tour.

Drawing on music from his latest album HIVE1 (Nonesuch), recent Oranged Out EP along with new material, Braxton experiments with sound in a uniquely playful way to deliver “a sonically absorbing experience” (Q Magazine).

Since leaving experimental rock band Battles, Braxton has written for the likes of Kronos Quartet and the Bang on a Can All Stars, collaborated with Philip Glass at All Tomorrow’s Parties and had his multimedia piece HIVE premiered at the Guggenheim Museum, NYC before performances worldwide. He has also performed his orchestral work Central Market with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and New York’s Wordless Music Orchestra.

Dawn of Midi are a Brooklyn based acoustic trio featuring Aakaash Israni from India on bass, Amino Belyamani from Morocco on piano and Qasim Naqvi from Pakistan on drums. Their highly acclaimed latest release Dysnomia (Erased Tapes) sees the trio abandon improvisation in favour of composition, utilising sophisticated rhythmic structures from North and West African folk traditions to weave a sonic tapestry of trance-inducing grooves.

Dawn of Midi’s sets are as energetic and rhythmic as a seamlessly mixed DJ-set, mesmerising fans at festivals such as Sonar in the same way the group’s favourite experimental and electronic acts have for decades.

March 23, Brundenell Social Club, doors 7.30pm. www.tyondaibraxton.com, dawnofmidi.com

Dawn of Midi. Picture: Falkwynde Goyeneche

Dawn of Midi. Picture: Falkwynde Goyeneche