Zoe Rahman, Jazz Piano and Idris Rahman, Clarinet
SATURDAY 28TH JULY 2018
ABOUT ZOE RAHMAN
“A remarkable pianist by any standard” The Observer.
A vibrant and highly individual pianist and composer, Zoe Rahman’s style is deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste. Known for her powerful technique, wide-ranging imagination and exuberant performance, she has become a highly sought-after musician, working most recently with the likes of George Mraz, Courtney Pine and Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra.
Zoe’s latest album, “Dreamland”, showcases the depth and breadth of her musical imagination, featuring new compositions alongside tracks by Duke Ellington, Jessica Williams, Rabindranath Tagore, as well as solo renditions of some of Zoe’s back catalogue. A former MOBO Award winner, Mercury Prize nominee, Jazz FM Award nominee and British Jazz Award winner, Zoe has established herself as a unique presence in the British music industry. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the UK’s most gifted jazz pianists in an intimate solo piano setting. Zoe will be joined for part of the evening by special guest Idris Rahman on clarinet and saxophone to perform some tracks from their album Where Rivers Meet, described in the Sunday Times as “a wholly original brand of Anglo-Asian music”.
Dreamland album reviews:
“A joy to find Zoe fully in the spotlight, uninterrupted, on this dazzling solo session. A milestone” ***** BBC Music Magazine
“An exciting solo set, brilliantly performed and totally absorbing” **** The Observer
“An arresting work suffused with enormous feeling, and bursts of surprising delicacy and power….Rahman shines on her own” **** Evening Standard
“Always exciting, playful, muscular and a tiny bit unhinged, that’s what I love about Zoe Rahman” Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
“A powerful testament to this fine pianist’s authority” *** Guardian
Idris Rahman is Zoe’s brother and a talented London based clarinettist, saxophonist, singer, bass-player composer and producer. Idris studied music at Oxford University and has been a teacher and workshop leader for nearly twenty years. He has co-led the band Soothsayers for nearly two decades and has co-written and produced their six critically acclaimed albums with a seventh in 2018. Soothsayers have played at most major UK Festivals and have toured widely in Europe and beyond.
Idris has performed and recorded with a whole range of artists including Anoushka Shankar, Arun Ghosh, Julia Biel, Osibisa, Ayub Ogada, Childhood as well as with his sister Zoe Rahman, with whom he has toured and recorded extensively.