Zoe Rahman
Zoe Rahman
25th June 2022
Mid-day Mantra: Zoe Rahman Trio, a Bangladesh at 50 Special
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A Mid-day Mantra family special with live music from The Zoe Rahman Trio, poetry readings, and Bengali craft, to mark the anniversary of the Independence of Bangladesh, 50 years ago this month

Zoe Rahman was born in Chichester, UK, to a Bengali father and English mother, and studied classical piano at the Royal Academy of Music. Later she took a music degree at Oxford University and then won a scholarship to study jazz performance at Berklee College of Music, Boston, where she studied with the inspirational pianist JoAnne Brackeen.

Zoe’s albums have won many awards and acclaim including a MOBO for best Jazz Act 2012 (a work of breathtaking musical imagination’, Metro), Mercury Award nomination in 2006, and ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ at the UK’s first Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Her fourth album, Where Rivers Meet, is a stunning collaboration with her brother Idris, exploring music from their Bengali heritage, which creates “a wholly original brand of Anglo-Asian music” (Sunday Times).

On Weds 8 December 2021, Zoe won the Ivor Novello ‘Impact Award’
More here ivorsacademy.com/nominee/zoe-rahman/

The Zoe Rahman Trio will feature Idris Rahman on Clarinet and Debipriya Sircar on Sitar.

Also appearing is poet Tamanna Abdul-Karim, craft artists Dilwara Begum and Sameerah Hussein.


Zoe Rahman is a vibrant and highly individual pianist and composer, her style is deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste. Zoe is one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene.

Idris Rahman is a London-based saxophonist, clarinettist, singer, bass-player, composer and producer. He has co-led the band Soothsayers for nearly two decades and has co-written and co-produced their seven critically acclaimed albums, the most recent released on label Wah Wah 45s. Soothsayers have played at most major UK festivals and have toured widely throughout Europe and beyond.

Rahman has performed and recorded with a whole range of artists including Anoushka Shankar, Arun Ghosh, Julia Biel, Osibisa, Ayub Ogada, Oriole, Dodgy as well as with his sister Zoe Rahman, with whom he has toured and recorded extensively.

Photo by L. Wormsley

Debipriya Sircar (née Das) is a Sitarist and vocalist, born and brought up in London. She began learning music at the age of 4 from her mother and her early gurus were the late Pandit Manesh Chandra Kansara (sitar) and the late Sri Golak Mohan Choudhury(vocal).

SInce 2003, Debipriya has been a disciple of Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, one of the finest exponents of North Indian Classical Vocal music and has received vocal training at workshops conducted in the UK. She has also received tuition in sitar from Ustad Shahid Parvez, and Sri Purbayan Chatterjee at workshops organised by Darbar (UK) and Pandit Sanjay Guha (Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, UK).

Tamanna Abdul-Karim is a writer, poet and artist. Tamanna will perform spoken word and compare this Mid-day Mantra.


Mid-day Mantra concerts take place in Symphony Hall’s brand-new The Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space. The concerts are free but you must book a ticket to attend at www.BMusic.co.uk