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Omnivorous pianist-composer Zoe Rahman has achieved the impossible: a fusion of techniques and styles that actually work harmoniously. ‘Genre-bending’, ‘transculturation’ – call it what you like, all you really need to know is that this is fantastic and compelling music. Rahman – along with her team of collaborators, including brother Idris on clarinet – blends classical elements with jazz, inspired by her dual Bengali-British heritage. Her own pieces focus on textural contrasts; percussive piano motifs are juxtaposed with the ‘real’ percussion in Outside In, for example, and Conversation with Nellie centres around a series of glissandi between alto flute and piano. The whimsical, light-hearted nature of Butlers of Glen Avenue provides a suitable contrast, as does Contusion; further evidence of Rahman’s ability to re-imagine the well known.

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