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Zoe Rahman Octet


Thursday, 21 September 2023

Main Theatre, MAC

From £11.50

Zoe Rahman Octet

Zoe Rahman, spellbinding pianist and visionary composer, presents her new album “Colour of Sound”, featuring an all-star jazz line-up.

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.

Gathering together a band of outstanding musicians, she’s created The Colour Of Sound: the most ambitious, many-hued, uplifting large-ensemble music of her multi-award winning career. Her choice of collaborators reflects her deep engagement with the diversity of contemporary Britain, and her own explorations of her multi-modal heritage.

Colour Of Sound combines Zoe’s unique and powerful writing with thrilling arrangements and dynamic performances from the whole band to create an album of jazz at it’s highest level that still communicates its message directly to the listener. 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” (Zoe Rahman).

One of the best albums of the year

Ivors Academy

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.

Julian Joseph MBE

Zoe's music has an energy that makes you want to dance, like on 'Sweet Jasmine', with its joyful and gloriously irresistible South African funk rhythm and vibration. '

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