Yazz Ahmed: Polyhymnia
Tuesday Nov 19th
Cambridge Junction J2
Unreserved seating available.
Age limit: 14 and over.
An extraordinary celebration of female courage and determination.
When she’s not performing with the likes of Radiohead, Nile Rogers and Lee Scratch Perry, celebrated British-Bahraini trumpeter Yazz Ahmed describes her own music as "psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling"’.
Polyhymnia is a suite she created for Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, with six movements inspired by some of Ahmed’s heroes: Malala Yousafzai, Rosa Parks, the suffragettes, the Saudi film-maker Haifaa al-Mansour, civil rights activist Ruby Bridges and saxophonist Barbara Thompson. Performed with a full 12-piece ensemble, Polyhymnia is a tribute to these inspiring women.
Yazz’s last album garnered rave reviews and made many ‘Best of 2017’ lists around the world - this is one to watch!
“Even if you’re not familiar or terribly interested in jazz, Ahmed’s music deserves your attention, and she’ll most likely make you second guess your thoughts on jazz.” Headphone Nation
Part of the 2019 Cambridge Jazz Festival in partnership with Creative Culture Capital and Ahbab Festival 2020.
Nathaniel Facey - alto sax
George Crowley - tenor sax/bass clarinet
Josie Simmons - baritone sax
Noel Langley - trumpet/flugelhorn
Miguel Gorodi - trumpet/flugelhorn
Carol Jarvis - trombone
Naadia Sheriff - piano/electric piano
Ralph Wyld - vibraphone
Dudley Phillips - bass
Corrina Silvester - percussion
Sophie Alloway - drums