Cambridge Jazz Festival - Zoe Rahman Octet

Friday 24 November 2023
Cambridge Junction

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Zoe Rahman – piano 
Rowland Sutherland – flute and alto flute 
Camilla George  – alto sax 
Idris Rahman – tenor sax and clarinet 
Mark Armstrong – trumpet 
Rosie Turton - trombone 
Gene Calderazzo – drums 
Alec Dankworth – double bass 
photo credit: Ilze Kitshoff
Zoe Rahman, spellbinding pianist and visionary composer, presents her new album “Colour of Sound”. 
Zoe Rahman’s style is deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical tastes. Known for her powerful technique, wide-ranging imagination and exuberant performance, she has become a highly sought-after musician on the international jazz scene.  A MOBO Award winner, Mercury Prize nominee and Ivor Novello Impact Award winner, Zoe is a unique presence in the British music industry.  
“Her sound is drenched with originality - a world class artist, composer and performer… Zoe shines as one of Britain’s most powerful compositional voices and important contemporary artists.” Ivors Academy     
“the highlight of the entire Festival. The writing was intelligent and imaginative and the playing superb. I haven’t seen such a long queue for the merch desk at a jazz gig for a very long time. Says it all” 
Colour Of Sound combines Zoe’s unique and powerful writing with thrilling arrangements and dynamic performances to create an album of jazz at its highest level. It’s a splash of colour and a bold statement beautifully realised that is Zoe Rahman’s most compelling work to date. “This music was written to connect with people - it’s very emotive but people are really receptive to that right now after all they’ve been through, and they’re so up for hearing live music! Every show feels like a celebration and this music reflects that”  
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