SOUND OF '17: YAZZ AHMED
Tireless trumpet soloist and composer Yazz Ahmed has been making waves in the jazz world over the past few years. She has a string of collaborations, commissions and projects under her belt, including working with Radiohead, Lee Scratch Perry, Max Romeo and These New Puritans, among others. What’s more, she regularly tours with her own septet, Ahmed Family Hafla, whose performance at Ronnie Scott’s - Yazz’s debut - earned her rave reviews.
In 2015, Yazz was commissioned by Tomorrow’s Warriors, with the support of PRS Women Make Music, to write a suite inspired by six influential female role models. The result, Polyhymnia, is intricate, experimental and creative - reflecting the inspirational women Yazz chose to base the music on. Polyhymnia is due to be recorded this year, after Yazz was awarded funding from the PRS For Music Foundation.
After releasing her debut album Finding My Way Home in 2011, Yazz is also set to drop her second album, La Saboteuse on Naim Records in May of this year. This latest record is shrouded in mystery, but it’s set to be a psychedelic exploration of Arabic jazz, drawing on Yazz’s Bahraini heritage. We’re expecting another record that pushes the boundaries of jazz and, if the sampler is anything to go by, it’s going to be a sonic and artistic journey. The album will be split into chapters, with each chapter coming out individually along with artwork designed by Sophie Bass that taken together will constitute the full album cover.
Keep your eye out for this one.