We Recommend: Contemporary Music

Mélissa Laveaux

Sun 20 Oct

Jazz Café

The Canadian singer got some much-deserved UK recognition for most recent album Radyo Siwèl, on French label No Format. Inspired by Haitian activist and singer Martha Jean-Claude, it's both joyous and thought-provoking - as is Laveaux herself on stage.

Contemporary Music

Henri Texier Trio

Thu 24 Oct

Jazz Café

One of the heavyweights of French jazz and free jazz pioneer, the double-bassist has been active since the 60s. He is revered for, among other things, 70s albums that combined folk, jazz and traditional North African music but he's still on fire today.

Contemporary Music

Rockfort presents Léonore Boulanger & Howie Reeve

Fri 25 Oct


Rockfort is a column on The Quietus presenting the best in underground French music, and now launches a new series of avant-garde regular shows. Léonore Boulanger will support her special guest: Glaswegian songwriter and bassist Howie Reeve.

Contemporary Music

Sonica Glasgow

Thu 31 Oct - Sun 10 Nov

Glasgow (city-wide)

Sonica Glasgow is an 11-day biennial festival, dedicated to world-class visual sonic arts, presenting exceptional international artists alongside emerging UK talent in diverse venues, city-wide.

Contemporary Music, Performing Arts, Talks, Visual Arts


Tue 5 - Wed 6 Nov

Southbank Centre

The revered French DJ and producer is bringing two very different shows to the Southbank Centre as part of their Purcell Sessions. The first is a performance of her latest album Endless Revisions, while the second - Slo-Mo - is a more ambient excursion.

Contemporary Music


Tue 19 Nov

Southbank Centre

The pianist, composer and arranger specialises in ‘ultrascores’ —performances fusing and harmonising stunning visuals and rhythmic motifs. Having worked with Solange and Frank Ocean, he's back for the EFG London Jazz festival with new project LUDI.

Contemporary Music

Pi Ja Ma

Tue 26 Nov

Southbank Centre

A contestant on French TV talent show La Nouvelle Star at the age of 17, Pauline de Tarragon is now winning hearts with a very different approach. Debut album Nice to Meet U evokes The Ronettes, Françoise Hardy and Stereolab in its flurry of dreamy indie pop.

Contemporary Music

Bertrand Chamayou – Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Chabrier

Mon 2 Dec

Wigmore Hall

French music, contemporary music and the music of Liszt are amongst the specialities of French pianist Bertrand Chamayou, who includes the dramatic and technically demanding Réminiscences de Don Juan S418, alongside a work by Wolfgang Rihm, written in 1975.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music