Zoe received an Ivor Novello Award, Impact Award, at the Ivors Composer Awards 2021.
At the award ceremony, the Ivors Academy said of Zoe:
“We come now to the first of our Ivor Novello Awards tonight for outstanding achievement. This year’s Impact Award recognises a composer and pianist who’s one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene. Throughout her career Zoe Rahman has been influenced by her Engish, Irish and Bengali heritage, written music with swing, lyricism, energy and intimacy. Her sound is drenched with originality and a jazz legitimacy that recognises her pedigree as a world class artist, composer and performer. Winner of the Perrier Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 1999, she has since picked up a MOBO a Parliamentary Jazz Award and a Mercury Prize nomination. And with her commitment to education and campaigning for greater female representation in instrumental jazz, she inspires a new generation with her experience, generosity and passion. Zoe shines as one of Britain’s most powerful compositional voices and important contemporary artists who puts a spotlight on jazz from the UK as an international musical force.”
Jazz pianist and composer Julian Joseph presented Zoe with the award, saying “She’s one of the most gifted pianists, composers, band leaders. Her solo piano work is stunning, her bands are stunning. She should be more recognised, I think, for all the fantastic work she does and it gives me just the utmost privilege and pleasure to present Zoe Rahman with the Ivor Academy’s Impact Award 2021.
On receiving the award, Zoe said “I’m going to dedicate this to all the female jazz composers who continue to inspire me in what I do. If anyone ever asks me now “what’s your day job?” I’ll just show them this! Thanks!”