Zain Sayed Alam

Artist, Composer

Brooklyn, United States

Zain Alam is an artist and composer of Indian Pakistani origin, raised outside of Atlanta, Georgia and based in New York City. His debut album Humeyha emerged from his year working as an oral historian for the 1947 Partition Archive, an organization that collects, preserves, and shares first-hand accounts of the Partition of India in 1947. Humeyha has been described as “a unique intersection, merging the cinematic formality of Bollywood and geometric repetition of Islamic art”. He has since been commissioned to score works in dance and sculpture, as well as the worlds of podcasting, fashion, and film. Sound remains the central organizing principle in his practice, threading through works in video, performance, and installation. Alam completed his graduate studies in Islamic art and philosophy at Harvard University. Presently, he is a NYSCA Composer/Compositions awardee at work on the multi-channel installation piece Meter & Light: Cycles.