Shama Rahman

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  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2016
  • WOMEX 2015

Shama Rahman is a composer and performer, receiving an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians (2013), shortlisted finalist for Sky Arts Scholarship (2014), and commissioned by composer's residency 'Take V' by Serious (2014).

She has an interdisciplinary PhD exploring the Neuroscience of Musical Creativity spanning musicology, psychology and philosophy, and some of her music is conceptually inspired by her research.

As a musician, she is a multi-instrumentalist (Sitar,Piano,Percussion,Ukelele/Guitar) and singer (Western/Indian Classical, Jazz, Folk (Bengali, Bulgarian, English)). As a composer for her own projects, she combines her performative influences, singing and playing the Sitar simultaneously, using folk-inspired spoken word along with jazz-inspired improvisation and classically inspired melodic arcs accompanied by energetic rhythms from funk and hip-hop, swing and bosa nova to dubstep and drum’n’bass - coining the phrase Urban Folk for her band.

She has performed at major international festivals and venues with TV coverage on Sky and Bangladeshi channels, print and online coverage, live sessions on BBC Radio London/BBC Asian Network/BBC World Service, airplay on BBC3 World Routes, BBC6 Introducing and been championed by Gilles Peterson.

Shama performed her second album ‘Truth BeTold’ live at The Alchemy Festival 2016 at The Southbank Centre. This stunning performance broke through the boundaries of live performance, as being the first artist-in-residence with wearable technology gloves, she integrated them into a beautiful live performance of the album. The performance delivered something completely new, using the gloves as a centrepiece, allowing for free form improvisation and direct interaction with dancers and visual artists to create a futuristic storytelling loop. (E-Press Kit)

PhD Neuroscience and Complexity of Musical Creativity

Shama Rahman

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