CoS presents : Yazz Ahmed’s Hafla Ensemble | Polyhymnia

St James the Great, London

Friday, 28 Feb 2020

19:30 – 23:50

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Yazz Ahmed & her Hafla Ensemble arrive at Church of Sound for the first time on February 28th 2020. Performing their 2019 record Polyhymnia, a potent blend of jazz, Arabic folk and deep sound design.

Yazz Ahmed is a British-Bahraini trumpet player and composer whose grand evolution in sound is matched only by the refinement of her approach, a lengthy process helped by the establishment of her regular working band, the Family Hafla, the name coming from an Arabic word meaning “friendly social gathering”. She has the following to say about Polyhymnia:

Whilst gathering ideas for composition, I came across the character of Polyhymnia, the ancient Greek Muse of music, poetry and dance: a Goddess for the arts. Perhaps inspired by her, I conceived the form of a suite of movements, each dedicated to women of outstanding qualities, role models, with whom I felt a strong connection. Whereas La Saboteuse, the embodiment of my inner-destroyer and the catalyst for the creation of my last album, could be viewed as my anti-muse, maybe Polyhymnia herself became my Muse, inspiring an intense period of creativity, which resulted in the six pieces on this album.”

The lineup on the night:

Yazz Ahemd - trumpet
Sophie Alloway - drums
Dudley Philips - bass
Naadia Sheriff - keys
Ralph Wyld - vibraphone
Corrina Silvester - percussion
Noel Langley - trumpet
Miguel Gorodi - trumpet
George Crowley - saxophone and bass clarinet
Nathaniel Facey - alto saxophone
Josie Simmons - saxophone
Carol Jarvis - trombone

Artwork designed by Raimund Wong -

DJ: Lex Blondin

We will be serving food from the start &, as ever, all proceeds from the booking fees will be going to charity via Party for the People.

Church of Sound


St James the Great , St James Clapton , London