Mir Naqibul Islam, Visiting Artist-in-Residence Winter Visit

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Mir Naqibul Islam, 2024 SAME Artist-in-Residence


Mir Naqibul Islam, the 2024 Artist-in-Residence with the South Asian Music Ensemble, launched his residency in February and will return in March and April. His time on campus this past February featured a performance at the symposium Borderlands of Sonic Encounter. Naqibul Islam is a New York based tabla player from the farukhabad gharana, and he is trained in the traditional guru-shishya parampara pedagogical convention of North Indian classical music from Pandit Ashoke Paul, a disciple of the great Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh. Islam presents tabla solo recitals and regularly accompanies vocalists, instrumentalists, and dancers from the Indian tradition. He also performs frequently with musicians from a wide variety of other genres, bringing tabla to jazz, chamber music, Middle-Eastern music, hip-hop, and other contexts. 

This short video from the Borderlands of Sonic Encounter performance features Mir Naqibul Islam playing alongside Tomal Hossain (Assistant Director of the South Asian Music Ensemble) and Wanees Zarour (Director of the Middle East Music Ensemble), as well as University of Chicago PhD students Pramantha Tagore and Ronnie Malley.  

His future visits will feature workshops and performances with the South Asian Music Ensemble, lecture demonstrations, class visits, and interactive performances at Montgomery Place Assisted Living and the University of Chicago Lab School.