Idris Rahman

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Idris Rahman
Native name
ইদ্রিস রহমান
Born (1976-07-16) 16 July 1976 (age 42)
Chichester, West Sussex, England
OriginLondon, England
Associated acts
  • Arun Ghosh
  • Oriole

Idris Rahman (Bengali: ইদ্রিস রহমান; born 16 July 1976) is an English clarinettist, saxophonist and music producer.

Early life[edit]

Rahman was born and brought up in Chichester, West Sussex, England[1][2] by a Bengali father, Mizan Rahman,[3] and an English-Irish mother.[4] His mother was a doctor who grew up in New Zealand.[5] His maternal grandmother is from Ireland.[6]


Rahman began his music with influences from Bengali folk, film and popular music from the 1950s.[7] His main work is as a saxophonist and producer with Soothsayers, a Reggae/Afrobeat collective, which he co-leads with trumpeter Robin Hopcraft. Soothsayers have released four albums and performed throughout Europe over the past ten years. Rahman is a regular member of the Arun Ghosh sextet and Jonny Phillips' group Oriole and, as a clarinettist. He was involved in his sister Zoe's Where Rivers Meet album and Aidan Love's Forty Thieves Orkestar.[8][9]

Rahman has performed and recorded as a saxophonist with Osibisa, Ayub Ogada, Dodgy, Reem Kelani, Julia Biel and many more jazz and world music/reggae artists. He has also produced and mixed albums, including two Mercury Prize-nominated albums (Zoe Rahman's second album Melting Pot and Basquiat Strings' debut album, Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford) and two albums by vocalist Julia Biel, in addition to the Soothsayers albums.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Rahman is in a relationship with singer Julia Biel.[10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ridge, Rachel (30 April 2013). "Zoe Rahman: Jazz". London Calling. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  2. ^ May, Chris (27 September 2008). "Zoe & Idris Rahman: Where Rivers Meet (2008)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Bengali music inspires Zoe Rahman's new album". Manchester: Manchester Evening News. 18 April 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Zoe Rahman – 'Kindred Spirits'". Australia: ABC Online. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  5. ^ Shackleton, Kathryn (7 March 2015). "INTERVIEW: Zoe Rahman – Career Influences / #IWD2015". London: LondonJazz News. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  6. ^ Parker, Chris (22 January 2012). "CD Review: Zoe Rahman – Kindred Spirits". The Jazz Mann. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  7. ^ Al-mahmood, Syed Zain (19 November 2008). "Bengali music inspires Zoe Rahman's new album". Manchester: Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Zoe Rahman Quartet". The Jazz Site. 2011. Archived from the original on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Idris Rahman". Oitij-jo. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  10. ^ Man, Ian (9 August 2015). "Love Letters and other Missiles". The Jazz Mann. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  11. ^ Man, Ian (5 August 2015). "Julia Biel Trio, Brecon Jazz Festival, 09/08/2015". The Jazz Mann. Retrieved 1 November 2015.

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