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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Jazz at Foyles; Anoushka Shankar; Jaques Samuel Piano Competition

12 October, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Anoushka Shankar, Barbican Saturday October 14. PHOTO: Didier Chérel

Futuristic jazz band Where Pathways Meet is playing at Foyles bookshop, Charing Cross Road, early this Friday evening (October 13). “Where Pathways Meet is the sound of outer-space colliding with the contemporary London jazz scene,” says Foyles in its listings blurb. “The subsequent sonic explosion of otherwordly horns backed by dark rolling bass lines locked in with two powerhouse drummers has never failed to move an audience.”
Where Pathways Meet, Auditorium, Level 6, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2, 6.30pm, £5, but reserve tickets through events@foyles.co.uk

• Take a trip to Agra at the Barbican this Saturday (October 14) evening when sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar premieres her score to the great 1928 silent film Shiraz. The film is a joyous tale of love and devotion based around the construction of the Taj Mahal. The screening is part of the BFI London Film Festival.
8pm, £25, Barbican, Silk Street, EC2, 020 7638 8891, www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2017/event/shiraz-with-anoushka-shankar-a-romance-of-india

• A tribute to Nobel prize-winner poet Odysseus Elytis is being made at the British Library on Sunday afternoon (October 15). His bold, lyrical work is being brought to life in readings and song, with live music by Greek composer George Couroupos – presented in Greek and English
British Library, Euston Road, NW1, 3pm, from £14, www.bl.uk/events/the-small-world-the-great-a-tribute-to-the-poet-odysseus-elytis

• Eight of the best pianists from the four London music colleges are competing for a place in the finals of the Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition next Wednesday afternoon at St James’s Piccadilly. Each pianist is giving their own 35-minute recital and members of the public are most welcome to any or all of the light recitals.
St James’s Piccadilly, 1.10pm, 2.20pm, 3.10pm, 4pm, 4.40pm, 5.30pm and 6.10pm, www.sjp.org.uk/lunchtime-recitals.html

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