Hafla: an Arabic word, meaning a friendly social gathering, a relaxed meeting of minds, over coffee and dates; a party; a concert.
Yazz Ahmed warmly invites you to spend an afternoon with her extended musical family, as she combines her electric quintet and vibraphone quartet for the very first time.
George Crowley, bass clarinet/sax
Lewis Wright, vibraphone
Naadia Sheriff, keyboards
Dudley Phillips, bass guitar
Martin France, drums
Corrina Silvester, percussion
and Yazz Ahmed on trumpet/flugelhorn
The band will perform original compositions exploring the music of Yasmeen’s Arabic heritage. Hypnotic Middle Eastern riffs, infectious belly-dancing rhythms and haunting melodies, fused with jazz and free improvisation, will create a constant flow, an organic arc to the performance, transporting the listener on an evocative inner journey.