Yazz Amhed @ Bray Jazz Festival 2022
Yazz Ahmed Quartet (UK/Bahrain)
Mermaid Arts Centre - Saturday 30th April, 8:00pm
Opening: Randy Ingram Trio featuring Kevin Brady and Dave Redmond (USA/Ireland)
British-Bahraini trumpeter Yazz Amhed is at the vanguard of a burgeoning UK music scene that has been reshaping the face of jazz, and bringing a whole new generation to the music over the past decade.
Winner of both the ‘Band of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’ at the 2020 Jazz FM Awards and awarded ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ by The Wire, Yazz Amhed’s ‘pre-pandemic’ album album ‘La Saboteuse’ was ranked 18th across all genres in Bandcamp’s top releases, that year.
More recently, she added an Ivor Novello Award to her honours list, in recognition of an innovative musical expression that has drawn from jazz and electronic music, as well as the music of her heritage in the Middle East.
A sought after collaborator across genres, Ahmed has played with Radiohead, Lee Scratch Perry, Transglobal Underground and art rockers These New Puritans. Her music has been described as rich, inventive, lush and powerful’, her performances ‘spellbinding and intoxicating.’
“This is one of the most important pieces of music in any genre to appear this year. It is stunning and unlike almost anything else you’ve likely heard”
Glide magazine (on album ‘polyhymnia’)