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Friday, February 13, 2015

Zoe Rahman @ Newcastle University - Feb. 12













Zoe Rahman (piano).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
What more can be said about Ms. Rahman that hasn't been said already? Perhaps JNE supremo Paul Bream hit the nail on the head when, with the help of Mr. Shakespeare, he referred to her "infinite variety". Age certainly hadn't withered nor custom staled that quality tonight.
A beautiful mix of the familiar and the original delicately (and sometimes not so delicately) interwoven - the Sound of Surprise never far away.
Although  most seats in the Recital Room were occupied by the 50/60 devotees present, rapt attention was accorded this virtuoso, the applause warm and prolonged.   In between pieces Ms. Rahman addressed us in a delightful, soft textured voice that, unfortunately, wasn't always audible even to those of us sitting in the front row so I'm unable to put titles to her compositions.
The opener was almost classical in its execution full of bravura flourishes that somehow segued into These Foolish Things. An exquisite rendition of Jack Strachey's classic that avoided the maudlin sentimentality of the original without losing  the emotive content. If the concert had ended there and then I'd have felt I'd got my money's worth! It didn't, one minute a piano was tinkling in the next apartment the next we were on a 21st century honky tonk train ride with a rolling stock rhythm propelled by her left hand.
The concert was part of JNE's "Women Make Music" series so it was only fitting that compositions by Jessica Williams - a one time JNE regular - and Joanne Brackeen formed part of the program. Monk had his say with Ruby My Dear and Duke (or was it Strayhorn?) chipped in with Petal of a Rose but, for me, the selection of melodies from her Bengali background were the trump cards in a pack that held only aces!
The 27 bus beckoned so I had to miss the encore but the few bars that I did hear sounded good.
Lance.

1 comment :

EmmaFiskJazzVio said...

I loved what I heard last night - what a great variety of piano styles and sounds! Lizzie was too tired to stay for the second half but she did enjoy the first set and was particularly taken with the two hands and elbow piano technique!
Emma and Lizzie x

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