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Pianist Gwilym Simcock with all guns blazing at Kings Place

03 October, 2019 — By Michael White

Gwilym Simcock performs in the London Piano Festival at Kings Place on October 4. Photo: Gregor Hohenberg

To call Gwilym Simcock a jazz pianist is only half the story, because he’s one of those unclassifiable figures whose work transcends genre, with all guns firing.

His music offers driving rhythms, complex structures but a sometimes dazzling gift for melody that, all together, owe as much to Bartok and Ravel as they do to Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett. And you can hear what I mean when he plays on Friday (October 4) as part of the London Piano Festival.

The programme references his latest album, Hear and Now, which involves a sequence of pieces, each one dedicated to another pianist that he admires on the jazz circuit.

The homage takes in artists like Brad Meldhau and Billy Childs. And this live performance starts 7.30pm, from £19.50, October 4, Kings Place, York Way, N1 9AG, 020 7520 1490, www.kingsplace.co.uk

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