Monday 03 November 1997
South African jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim begins a series of concerts in London this evening, accompanied by George Gray on drums and Marcus Mclaurine on double bass. A prolific musician, Ibrahim is inspired by his religious faith and is well loved for the depth and mesmerising tranquillity of his compositions. To 8 Nov at The Jazz Cafe, London NW1, pounds 10. Information: 0171 916 6060.
And the BBC Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski in Penderecki's Sinfonietta for Strings, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6, Pathetique and Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No 2 and features Canadian violinist Chantal Juillet. At the Royal Festival Hall, London, SE1, 7.30pm, pounds 11 (pounds 6 concs). Box Office: 0171 960 4206.
Meanwhile, star DJ and promoter of Asian underground sounds, Talvin Singh will spin his last Blue Note set tonight as Anokha comes to a close. The ultra-popular Monday night fusion of drum'n'bass, sitars, tablas and saris has been running successfully since 1995 and is guaranteed to go out with bang. At the Blue Note, London N1, 10pm-3am, pounds 5. Information: 0171 729 8440.
But if you're in the mood for music to soothe the soul, you might prefer The Drum of the Najd, commissioned by Piers Hellawell for percussionist Evelyn Glennie, recorder player Michala Petri and the Northern Sinfonia. Inspired by the healing powers of the drum used by a spiritual leader of the Sami people in Lapland, Hellawell recognised the therapeutic potential of percussion. The program will include Vivaldi's Concerto in C and the rhythmic Concerto for Marimba by Brazilian composer Rosauro. At the North Wales Theatre and Conference Centre, Llandudno, 7.30pm, pounds 17-pounds 23. Box Office: 01492 872000.
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