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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Waaji at Foyles, BBC Concert Orchestra and Spiro, Alfredo Rodriguez and Daniel Herskedal at Kings Place, Iranian music at SOAS

30 March, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Norwegian composter/tuba player Daniel Herskedal, Kings Place April 5. Photo: Aga Tomszek

• London-based groove-centre world jazz ensemble Waaji is playing at Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, this Friday evening (March 31). The quintet’s music reflects influences from West African music, particularly the music of Mali. Expect an exceptionally energetic performance.
Waaju, Auditorium, Level 6, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2, 6.30pm, £5/but reserve tickets through events@foyles.co.uk

• The BBC’s fruitful and longstanding relationship with the English Folk Dance and Song Society is being marked by the BBC Concert Orchestra at a concert at Cecil Sharp House this Friday evening (March 31). Being played are some of the great folk-influenced works of the 20th century, alongside a brand new commission from Jane Harbour, violinist with renowned folk group Spiro.
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 7AY. 7.30pm, £18/youths £10, 020 7485 2206, www.cecilsharphouse.org

• Young Cuban jazz composer/pianist Alfredo Rodriguez is at Kings Place on Monday evening (April 3) telling his personal story in music through the legend of Cuba’s national bird, the Tocororo. Equally tantalising, Norwegian composer/tuba player Daniel Herskedal is taking the tuba to new heights as a jazz instrument at Kings Place on Wednesday (April 5).
Cuban composer/pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, Kings Place, April 3, 8pm, from £9.50
Norwegian composer/tuba player Daniel Herskedal, Kings Place, April 5, 8pm, from £9.50 online
90 York Way, N1, 020 7520 1490, www.kingsplace.co.uk

• Intricate characteristics of classical Iranian music are being showcased at SOAS next Thursday evening (April 6) by Saeid Kordmafi playing the santour, a hammered duclimer, and Fariborz Kiannejad on tombak, a Persian goblet drum. Together, they plan to create a sense of time travel through the history of music of a vast civilisation, displaying the inter-dependencies of the music of an entire region.
Iranian music refined & recharged: Saeid Kordmafi, SOAS, Brunei Gallery, Russell Square, WC1, April 6, 7pm, free but register at www.soas.ac.uk/concerts

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