Described by the Observer as “a remarkable pianist by any standard”, pianist and composer Zoe Rahman has firmly established herself as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene. A vibrant and highly individual artist, her 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 performances, she has become a highly sought-after musician, recently working with the likes of George Mraz, Courtney Pine and Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra. She is a winner of the prestigious UK Parliamentary Jazz Award, and has been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.
For this third edition of the Jazz Directors Series, Rahman is performing with the Inner City Ensemble, an evolving ten-piece group of the UK’s most promising emerging professional musicians, selected through an open call application process.
The ensemble will play Rahman’s arrangements of pieces from previous trio and quartet albums including her latest solo album Dreamland, plus additional repertoire by jazz greats Duke Ellington and Abdullah Ibrahim. This ensemble comprises of some of the most promising and exciting emerging musicians working in the UK today, including players from Tomorrow’s Warriors and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as alumni of the Royal Brussels Conservatoire, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Cambridge University and Leeds College of Music.
Upon selecting the musicians, Zoe Rahman said “I am really excited to be working with such a fantastic group of musicians and I can’t wait to share the stage with them. Many thanks to everyone who applied to work on this project, it was great to see such a wealth of talent out there.”
Zoe Rahman – Piano
Aleksandra Topczewska – Alto Saxophone
Arnaud Guichard – Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Mitchell – Trombone
Faye MacCalman – Clarinet
Hanna Mbuya – Tuba
James Brady – Trumpet
Maria Rehakova – Flute
Roz McDonald – Bass
Yusuf Ahmed – Drums
Recommended age 14+. Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult.
The Jazz Directors Series
The Jazz Directors Series is a two-year residency and touring project which brings together emerging UK professional jazz musicians with an internationally revered Jazz Director.
Each edition comprises of a four-day residency produced by Brighter Sound and a corresponding tour of live concerts produced by Band on the Wall.
Each tour is a collaboration between Band on the Wall and four independent jazz promoters based across the North of England who will be mentored by the established regional promoter and producer Root Music.
The residency musicians form the Inner City Ensemble, a changing group of emerging professionals who will apply for the positions identified by each Jazz Director with the support of Brighter Sound and Jazz North.