Pianist and composer Zoe Rahman leads the third outing of Band on the Wall’s Jazz Directors Series – joined by the Inner City Ensemble, an evolving 10-piece group of the UK’s most promising emerging professional musicians.
Rahman, whose music is firmly rooted in jazz but also reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and broad musical taste, has been described as ‘a remarkable pianist by any standard’. She was nominated for the Mercury Prize for her second album, Melting Pot, which won Album of the Year at the 2006 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
For this project, the ensemble will perform material written by Rahman for a Guildhall School of Music and Drama project, plus brand new material receiving its premiere.
The Jazz Directors Series is made up of a four-day residency, produced by music charity Brighter Sound, and a short tour of live concerts – with Rahman and the ensemble also performing in Morecambe, Warrington and Bradford. Previous directors have been Terence Blanchard and Chris Potter.