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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Pianist Chihiro Yamanaka, cellist Steven Isserlis, music from Korea and Japan and Caracas band Joropo Jam

12 April, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Chihiro Yamanaka plays Ronnie Scott’s on April 14 and 15

• Japanese-born, New York-based pianist Chihiro Yamanaka is back at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club this Friday and Saturday evenings (April 14 and 15) playing with her all-female band The Spheres. Expect virtuosic, light-speed chops and an irresistible swing to Yamanaka’s to her playing noted for delivering propulsive, dynamic straight-ahead jazz.
Ronnie Scott’s, 347 Frith Street, Soho, 6pm & 10.30pm, from £20 (also Saturday), 020 7439 0747, www.ronniescotts.co.uk

• Renowned Hampstead cellist Steven Isserlis is playing with Dénes Varjon on the pianoforte at the Wigmore Hall on Saturday evening (April 15). Their recital seeks to catch the buoyant spirit of the mid-1800s with a delightful programme of works by such composers as Chopin, Liszt, Hummel, Chopin and Franchomme. To explore the music in this recital, Varjon has specially chosen an 1847 Stretcher pianoforte.
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, W1, 7.30pm, from £15, 020 7935 2141, www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

• An ensemble of four exceptional musicians from Korea and Japan is playing at Club Inégales, North Gower Street, next Tuesday evening (April 18) in a special event put together with the School of Oriental and Asian Studies. Being played are three Korean instrum­ents – the taegum flute; 12-string zither-like gayageum; and hourglass-shaped changgo drum; and from Japan, an end-blown flute called the shakuhachi.
Presence through Sound: Elements of Asia, Club Inégales, 180 North Gower Street, NW1, 8pm, £12/ cons £7, www.clubinegales.com

• Joropo music, the quintessential music of Venezuela, is being played by young Caracas band Joropo Jam next Thursday evening at Bolivar Hall, Fitzrovia. The music resembles the fandango having African, native South American and European influencers and, inevitably, there’s an accompanying energetic dance form.
Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, W1, 7.30pm, free but register at culturaembajadalondres@gmail.com

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