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Chance to explore fusion of Bengali and roots


DIVERSE: Perrier award winner Zoe Rahman

DIVERSE: Perrier award winner Zoe Rahman

DIVERSE: Perrier award winner Zoe Rahman

MUSIC Network can always be counted on to introduce us to new and different musicians. Their latest find is the Zoe Rahman Trio, who will begin a tour of Ireland on Tuesday night in the Coach House, Dublin Castle, with special guest Idris Rahman.

Pianist Zoe Rahman was born in Chichester, England, to a Bengali father and English mother. She studied classical piano at the Royal Academy of Music, took a music degree at Oxford University and then won a scholarship to study jazz performance at Berklee College of Music, Boston. Her teacher there was Joanne Brackeen, an exciting pianist who has made some memorable appearances in Ireland. Zoe won the 'Perrier Young Jazz Musician of the Year' Award in 1999. Since then she has released three albums, The Cynic, Melting Pot and Where Rivers Meet. Her music draws on her Bengali heritage and classical training as well as solid jazz roots.

Her brother Idris Rahman (clarinet, sax) adds another element to the mix. He plays regularly with Soothsayers, a reggae/afrobeat collective, and is a member of the Arun Ghosh Sextet. Oli Hayhurst (double bass, bass and guitarron) is another graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. His jazz credentials include Ray Gelato's Giants and Gilad Atzmon. He has toured Europe, North Africa and Brazil as well as playing residencies at Ronnie Scott's, London, and the Blue Note, Milan.

Gene Calderazzo (drums) is a New Yorker now living in the UK. A brother of pianist Joey Calderazzo, he has backed a wide range of distinguished musicians including James Moody, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Ulf Wakenius and Bobby Watson.

The group begins its tour in the Coach House, Dublin Castle, on Tuesday February 8; and goes on to: the Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon; the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge; the Triskel @ The River Lee Hotel, Cork; the Wexford Opera House; the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan; the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar; Siamsa Tíre, Tralee; the Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire; and the Black Box, Belfast.

Sunday Independent