Zoe RahmanSt Christopher

Bengal-spiced jazz
Event 13
Saturday October 17th, 5.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Zoe and Idris Rahman

This is an archived event from the 2009 Programme.

Zoe Rahman piano Idris Rahman clarinet, flute, vocals

Zoe Rahman’s exuberant piano playing has been making waves in the jazz world in recent years. John Fordham in The Guardian spoke of "the trenchant jazz-improvising style she learned from the formidable American Joanne Brackeen, among others", and suggested she has "been inspired by the playful, post-Monk methods of that ornery octogenarian Stan Tracey".

For her second visit to Little Missenden she is joined by brother Idris on clarinet to explore their Asian roots in a programme of Bengal-spiced jazz. Their CD of this repertoire, Where Rivers Meet, drew glowing reviews.

"Inspired by their father’s songs of his native Bengal and the poetry of Tagore, siblings Zoe (piano) and Idris (clarinets and flute) Rahman have produced a marvellously rich and evocative suite whose exotic colours derive as much from Tyner and Coltrane as they do from India" (Phil Johnson, Independent)

"The notes tumble forth from Idris’s piquant licorice stick, floating and dipping rather surprisingly like a klezmer player, against the backdrop of sister Zoe’s gently undulating piano improvisations" (John Stevenson, ejazznews.com).

Zoe Rahman has firmly established herself on the contemporary jazz scene - "One of the finest young pianists in Europe" (Dave Gelly, The Observer), and "One of Britain’s brightest stars" (Julian Joseph). Her second album, Melting Pot, was short-listed for the 2006 Nationwide Mercury Prize and voted ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ at the 2006 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Zoe was nominated in the ‘Rising Star’ category of the 2001 BBC Jazz Awards, and was named ‘Perrier Young Jazz Musician of the Year’ Award in 1991. Her brother Idris has an Afrobeat band, Soothsayers.

Click here to see Zoe Rahman's website