Born in Chichester, UK, Zoe studied music at Oxford University and jazz performance at Berklee College of Music, Boston. Zoe and Idris were inspired by the idea for the album when their father Mizan Rahman was ill in hospital. Transferring some old music from cassettes onto a CD, Zoe became intrigued by the sounds and subsequent trips to Bangladesh allowed Zoe to learn about her background through music. She says of the experience:
“We wanted to learn about our family heritage by delving into this rich musical source and hope that in the process the songs will be seen in a new light by those who already know them. Perhaps they will take others on a journey of discovery similar to the one we have experienced through making this album”
Father Mizan Rahman says:
“I have been inspired and amazed at the music Zoe and Idris have created. The reaction from Bengali audiences on a recent British Council-sponsored tour to the subcontinent was ecstatic. The tracks are well-known tunes and well-loved lyrics and the audiences reacted to the jazz-inspired music with enthusiasm. The album is also very accessible to non-Bengali British audiences also.”
Brother Idris Rahman says:
“This album represents a very personal journey that Zoe and I have taken into our own culture through music directly taught or recommended by our father, cousins and other close friends and musicians. In doing this we have learnt more about our father’s background and our Bengali roots and feel a little closer to a culture that we weren’t surrounded by when we were growing up… we hope to continue to explore the wealth of artistic achievement that is waiting to be discovered in our father’s country.”
Guest singer, Bengali star Arnob adds breath-taking resonance to songs ‘Amar har kala korlam’ (Betrayed) and ‘Anondo dhara’ (Stream Of Joy)and other musicians include Kuljit Bhamra (Percussion); Oli Hayhurst (Double Bass); Gene Calderazzo (Drums) and Samy Bishai (Violin).
To buy the album WHERE RIVERS MEET log onto www.zoerahman.com