15 Nov 2014
LONDON Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall
One of the most charismatic performers in jazz today, South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim has been at the forefront of the jazz scene for over fifty years.
'People don't like Abdullah Ibrahim, they adore him, bestowing on him the devotion normally reserved for Nina Simone. When he plays, melodies tumble out effortlessly, as he slides from theme to theme like a laid-back South African reincarnation of Thelonious Monk.' (The Guardian)
Abdullah Ibrahim’s music has long tracked the turbulence of his South African homeland’s history, matching its past struggles and current optimism through music of great hope and deeply reflective soulfulness.
Bringing together the infectious township jazz of his septet Ekaya and the lustrous colours of a brand new trio, with Cleave Guyton (reeds) and cellist Noah Jackson.
Part of the EFG Excellence Series