Yazz Ahmed (GB)

About Yazz Ahmed

British-Bahraini artist, Yazz Ahmed (born in 1983, Bahrain) is an incredibly exciting and accomplished trumpet player, composer and producer, who has long garnered global acclaim. When she came to London, her maternal grandfather (jazz trumpeter Terry Brown) encouraged her to play the trumpet. Through her music, Yazz Ahmed blurs the lines between jazz and electronic sound design, bringing together the sounds of her two countries of origin in what a critic has described as "psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling".

Yazz Ahmed’s debut album "Finding My Way Home" (2011) integrates her first explorations of Arabic music elements, introducing her as an innovative performer and composer. In 2016, she began writing music for her newly developed quarter-tone flugelhorn. This is a unique instrument, enabling her to get even closer to the spiritual nature of the "blue notes" in Arabic music, deeply infusing her sound with her heritage. One of the reasons why her second album "La Saboteuse" (2017) also made beyond the traditional boundaries of the jazz community a global impact.

"La Saboteuse Remixed" (2018) underlines her growing fascination with electronic music. In collaborations with some eminent European DJ’s, four of the pieces from the original album were arranged, „reimagined" and taken to a new realm reaching out to a new audience.

On her current release "Polyhymnia", she dedicates six tracks to six different women who have inspired her and whom she describes as important role models. In Greek mythology, "Polyhymnia" is the muse of music, poetry and dance. An EP with electronic remixes was also produced from this album in November 2020.

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