Global Narrative: Fatima Al Qadiri in conversation

Moderated by Jace Clayton

Born in Senegal, raised in Kuwait, and based in New York, Fatima Al Qadiri is among the most creative and conceptually savvy electronic music producers to surface during the 2010s.

In her audio and visual work, Al Qadiri draws on both personal narrative and a critical engagement with current social, political and aesthetic developments. Her musical output has ranged from "Desert Strike", an EP inspired by a video game she and her sister played in Kuwait, shortly after the Gulf War, to "Asiatisch", an uncanny retro-futuristic travelogue through an imagined China that she produced almost entirely with software emulations of traditional Chinese instruments. Her most recent album, "Brute", is a meditation on the anti-police brutality protests that have been taking place in the U.S. in recent years. 

In this moderated conversation with Jace Clayton, musician and author of the recently published book “Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture”, Fatima Al Qadiri will explore the large scale narratives, personal histories and aesthetic concerns that serve as the starting points of her creative process.