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Yazz Ahmed & Melisa Yıldırım WOW Istanbul Opening Concert

Yazz Ahmed & Melisa Yıldırım WOW Istanbul Opening Concert

Fri 05 March 2021

Stream time / 1:00pm



Serious are delighted to announce a new programming partnership with the Women of the World Festival in Istanbul, continuing our long history of working with the British Council.

The opening concert of WOW Istanbul was produced and programmed by Serious, and features a figure at the heart of the exciting UK jazz scene; the British-Bahraini trumpet sensation Yazz Ahmed

Through her music, Yazz seeks to blur the lines between jazz and electronic sound design, bringing together the sounds of her mixed heritage in what has been described as ‘psychedelic Arab jazz, intoxicating and compelling’. 

Her career is studded with high profile collaborations which have seen her record and perform with the likes of Radiohead, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Transglobal Underground, Susheela Raman, Tarek Yamani and Amel Zen, including a world tour with These New Puritans.

Her latest album Polyhymnia was released on Ropeadope Records and was conceived as a message to the world about the history and growing empowerment of women. It consists of a series of powerful tributes to noted women in history, whose stories resonated and inspired Yazz – a truly fitting opening for the WOW Festival.

Melisa Yıldırım opens the concert with a solo set as well as joining Yazz Ahmed Quartet on a special collaboration. Originally from Istanbul, the London-based and multi award-winning kamancha (spiked fiddle) player and composer, was a major part of 2019’s Making Tracks, the UK-wide touring project.

The concert will be available to watch again and share with friends after broadcast

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