A response to the Museum of the Moon by artist Luke Jerram (an installation featuring at this year’s WOMAD festival), Yazz Ahmed’s The Moon Has Become was presented as a surround-sound sonic artwork and performed live by Yazz Ahmed’s 11-piece ensemble.
Inspired by the ethos of WOMAD and celebrating ‘a world that has no boundaries... through music and movement’, Ahmed aims to create a bond between the audience members, inviting them into the world of electronic-Middle-Eastern-rave-jazz. Through her music, British-Bahraini trumpet player Yazz Ahmed 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 Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling’. Her career has included collaborations with Radiohead and Transglobal Underground, and commissions for Adult Swim and New York’s Festival of New Trumpet Music.
This piece is part of PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial 2022.
Commissioned by WOMAD
In 2022 New Music Biennial celebrates its 10-year anniversary, and NMC are thrilled to continue as digital partner for PRS Foundations' landmark new music series.
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The Moon Has Become was recorded by the BBC on 23 April 2022 at Draper’s Hall, Coventry.
Producer: Michael Rossi
Sound Engineer: Robert Winter
Catalogue Number: NMC DL202201