Midem: Some concerts to look out for

Pascal Schumacher QuartetIt’s easy to get lost in the maze of concerts and events. Here is a short list of things I’d recommend. On Monday night at 6.30, I’d go for the Pascal Schumacher Quartet at the Hotel Majestic. Schumacher plays a sassy vibraphone that is “lyrical, stylish and yet still cool”, according to Music-Wire. Check them on Amazon:

Later on Monday night, Salif Keita, Omar Pene and the delovely Mayra Andrade will be appearing at the Palais.

On Tuesday, Buika, billed as Afro-Flamenco jazz, caught me eye simply as it’s an odd combination. But the main action will be the Jamaican night with a host of talent and Shaggy. I’ve seen him twice and he can be brilliant when he gets down to doing dancehall. Something else about him: he can actually sing!

I’m not really qualified to talk about Classical music. If anyone has a recommendation, throw it in here. Same goes for Finnish music (last year’s surprise) and the British at Midem.

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