■ Ibrahim Khalil Shihab, left, will launch his album Essence of Spring on Saturday November 24 and Sunday November 25 at The Academia Theatre, 409 Imam Haron Road, Lansdowne, at 7.30pm. The composer and pianist, formerly known as Chris Schilder, will give insight into the album and perform new compositions as well as old favourites. Tickets cost R150 on Quicket. Combo deals at R230 for a single ticket and a CD or R300 for two tickets and a CD are available. Email Igshann@i-studios.co.za or call 071 359 2289 for more information. Shihab is seen here with the album’s producer, composer Ramon Alexander.