Ayanna Witter-Johnson has proved herself something of an in demand cellist over recent years, working with the likes of Anoushka Shankar and Courtney Pine but she finally released Road Runner her debut album earlier this year. It’s a confident, consistent album that showcases her soulful vocal delivery and smooth R&B sound. She plays the Roundhouse on Wednesday.
The music of Swedish singer-songwriter Daniel Norgren is quite different. He released his eighth album Wooh Dang earlier in the year and it’s full of sepia-toned, lo-fi, cracked alt.country songs. He’ll be playing them at Bush Hall on Wednesday.
Over at the Southbank Centre meanwhile this year’s Meltdown festival gets underway. Saturday sees curator Nile Rodgers & Chic play the Royal Festival Hall. The Queen Elizabeth Hall hosts A Night Of Studio 54, an all night party where original Studio 54 DJs including John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez. Sunday sees Thundercat bring his high energy show to the Royal Festival Hall with French-Israeli singer songwriter Yael Naim performing at the Purcell Room.
As always, there’s a lot also going on at Café Oto in Dalston. Kim Gordon and Bill Nace team up again under their Body/Head name for a pair of shows on Monday and Tuesday while minimalist Dutch composer and lute player Jozef Van Wissem plays the venue on Thursday.
Elsewhere Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi plays a run of shows at the Barbican from Wednesday to Sunday and there’s a few not-to-be-missed shows at Rough Trade East. There’s an Africa Express themed event on Tuesday that will feature music, talk and playback with artists Georgia, Otim Alpha, Remi Kabaka and other special guests. Sarathy Korwar promotes new album More Arriving on Thursday and upcoming new jazz ensemble Nérija play in support of their new album Blume on Friday.