DRONE THEORY BY QAWWALI RESEARCH UNIT (QRU)
10 March 2016, 7pm – 8.30pm
For centuries Indian classical musicians have used a gently repeating drone pattern to meditate and symbolise the idea of cyclical time. Here Qawwali, a 13th century musical genre, connects the drone with its modern-day usage to reflect on the use of drone planes in recent conflicts and extremist attacks on Sufi shrines. QRU present a futuristic Qawwali soundscape that takes listeners on a cosmic journey back and forth across time. Presented by Academic in Residence Tasawar Bashir, inventing the Su-Fi aesthetic.
Tasawar Bashir is doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham. His adventures and studies in Modern Qawwali are funded by Midlands3Cities and AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership.