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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Bangla Festival; Judi Jackson sings Nina Simone; flautist Gareth Lockrane; ‘This is Rattle’

08 September, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Chandra Chakraborty

• The fifth Bangla Music Festival is opening in Keats House, Hampstead, this Friday evening (September 8) with a performance of classical and semi-classical Indian music by famed Indian singer Chandra Chakraborty accompanied by tabla virtuoso Biplab Bhattacharyya. Evolution of Bangladeshi music over centuries, from ancient Charjya-Pod, Kirton and Toppa folk traditions through to Poncho-Kobi and modern Bangla music, is being featured at performances all over London during the festival.
Bangla Music Festival opener: Keats House, Hampstead, 7pm, £10,

Nina Simone’s most powerful and spiritual compositions are being performed this Sunday evening (September 10) at Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, by Judi Jackson, the much-acclaimed “High Priestess of Soul” in the US. Singing with her Gospel Choir, Jackson intends to cover the breadth of Nina Simone’s career including her Civil Rights ballads.
Jazz Cafe, Parkway, Camden Town, 7pm, £10,

• Flautist/composer/educator Gareth Lockrane is under­taking his most ambitious project to date at Kings Place next Monday evening (September 11) when his 20-piece big band performs items from its new album. The band’s line-up includes four trumpets, four trombones, five saxo­phonists along with musicians playing the guitar, keyboards, bass, drums and percussion.
Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1, 020 7520 1490, 8pm, from £9.50 online,

Sir Simon Rattle is launch­ing the LSO’s 2017-18 season next Thursday evening at the Barbican with the first concert in its 10-day “This is Rattle” celebrations. Being played are pieces by five generations of composers – Helen Grime, Thomas Ades, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Oliver Knussen and Elgar. Violinist Christian Tetzlaff is the soloist in Birtwistle’s violin concerto.
LSO/Rattle, Barbican, Silk Street, EC2, 7.30pm, from £15, 020 7638 8891,

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