Idris Rahman is a London-based saxophonist, clarinettist, singer, bass-player, composer and producer.
He has co-led the band Soothsayers for nearly two decades and has co-written and co-produced their seven critically acclaimed albums, the most recent released on label Wah Wah 45s. Soothsayers have played at most major UK festivals and have toured widely in Europe and beyond.
Idris is involved in a number of other projects as a performer/composer - he has recently started two new jazz groups, Wildflower and Ill Considered, and is performaing and recording regularly with these - Wildflower's first album was nominated in last years' Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards for Jazz Album of the Year, and Ill Considered was featured in many 'best of 2018' lists.
Idris has performed and recorded with a whole range of artists including Anoushka Shankar, Arun Ghosh, Julia Biel, Osibisa, Ayub Ogada, Childhood as well as with his sister Zoe Rahman, with whom he has toured and recorded extensively.
As well as performing regularly, Idris has a studio in South London where he has produced and mixed many albums, racking up an impressive catalogue including two mercury-nominated albums that he mixed - Melting Pot by Zoe Rahman and Basquiat Strings' debut album - and recent MOBO-nominated album 'Love Letters and Other Missiles' by Julia Biel which he produced.
Idris studied music at Oxford University and has been a teacher and workshop leader for nearly twenty years, working in schools, colleges and universities, teaching instrumental lessons, composition and song writing. He is a co-founder of Brixton-based youth group Youthsayers.
"Idris’s unimpeachable tone and centred ideas make an essential contribution to what could well be seen in the future as one of the best British jazz albums of this period” (Jazzwise).
"Hauntingly beautiful clarinet playing" (bbc.co.uk music reviews)
"Rahman is a revelation - a saxophonist of fascinating creative resource, capable of both raw power and involved delicacy" The Wire