February 8th – 18th 2011
Zoe will be touring Ireland in February 2011 with her quartet, featuring Idris Rahman on clarinet, Gene Calderazzo on drums and Oli Hayhurst on bass.
“Anyone who’s seen her live will be aware of an exceptional talent.” Mojo
“Staggering….uplifting and majestic….great to see music of integrity still being made.” Snowboy, Blues and Soul Magazine
After winning the ‘Perrier Young Jazz Musician of the Year’ Award in 1999, Zoe Rahman has quickly established herself as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene. Her second album, Melting Pot, was nominated in 2006 for the Mercury Music Prize and more recently she achieved an achingly beautiful fusion of jazz, classical and Bengali music in her highly-acclaimed album Where Rivers Meet, which featured arrangements of Nobel prize-winner Rabindranath Tagore’s music. The programme for this tour features pieces from Where Rivers Meet as well as from Zoe’s outstanding live album, and debuts some new material written specially for the tour.
Rahman’s willingness to push musical boundaries is matched by her technical brilliance. Noted for her inventiveness, explosive two-fisted technique, and the tumbling cascades of notes she often trades with her brother, the honey-toned clarinetist Idris Rahman, this mesmerising pianist is aided and abetted by a top-notch rhythm section featuring American drummer Gene Calderazzo and British bass player Oli Hayhurst. In the words of jazz reviewer Chris Parker, brace yourself for “all the punch, pith and sheer verve of the Rahman live act”.
TOUR DATES (see LIVE page for booking info)
Tue 8th February Dublin Castle
Wed 9th February The Dock Bar, Ballina
Thu 10th February Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
Fri 11th February Triskel @ The River Lee Hotel, Western Road, Cork
Sat 12th February Wexford Opera House, Wexford
Sun 13th February Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
Mon 14th February Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
Wed 16th February Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
Thu 17th February Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. Dublin
Fri 18th February The Black Box, Belfast (promoted by Moving on Music)