Jazz & Blues

Yazz Ahmed

Part of Women in Music at Southbank Centre

Internationally acclaimed trumpeter and composer Yazz Ahmed and her seven-piece hafla band present an evening of psychedelic Arabic jazz.

Fusing the music of her native Bahrain with modern British jazz, experimental electronics and manipulated field recordings, her 2017 album La Saboteuse was considered a touchstone of modern jazz and improvisation.

Tonight’s concert marks the release of her EP La Saboteuse Remixed: prepare to enter a strange, dreamy sonic world. The evening includes music from Ahmed's suite Alhaan Al Siduri, inspired by Bahraini folk music and featuring special guest vocalist Brigitte Beraha.

Visual artist Tupac Martir, a co-collaborator with art-rock band These New Puritans, supplies lighting and special effects.

The concert will also feature a performance by Syrian oud player, Rihab Azar. Rihab’s relationship with the oud started very early in her childhood in Homs, Syria. She graduated from the Conservatoire of Damascus in 2014 and became the first woman oudist to perform accompanied by the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music.

Azar has since performed at several iconic venues in England, founded Zamaan Trio, and taken part in academic debates about issues of migration, music and education. Her performance style combines her strong sense of belonging to her background in Middle-Eastern/Arabic music with a non-stop search for novelty.

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Purcell Room


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 14+. Under-18s should be accompanied by an adult.