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Mauricio Takara
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The members of Hurtmold, an instrumental band based in São Paulo, Brazil, have long looked to Chicago's so-called post-rock scene for inspiration—there's no missing the influence of Tortoise on their latest album, Hurtmold (Submarine, 2007). Over the years some of these Paulistas have increasingly collaborated with locals: touring and making a split record with the Eternals, sitting in with Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra, even starting a band with Mazurek, São Paulo Underground—which plays a rare Chicago show at the Empty Bottle on April 11.

On Wednesday night at Heaven Gallery, stylistically omnivorous percussionist Mauricio Takara (a key member of both Hurtmold and SP Underground) leads the M. Takara 3 on a bill with Baltimore's Nathan Bell (Human Bell/ex-Lungfish), who performs in a duo with Yakuza front man Bruce Lamont. Takara's solo album Conta (Desmonta, 2007) reminds me of the slice-and-dice productions of Scott Herren (aka Prefuse73), with its rigorous, hip-hop-derived mix of live drumming, programmed beats, and dizzying samples—often of the group harmony singing from vintage samba records, the only thing that really makes it sound Brazilian. A couple of more recent EPs on One Cell Records, Ocupado Como Gado Com Nada Pra Fazer (2008) and Cocanda (2010)—a new three-track release that's easily the best thing he's done on his own—place a greater emphasis on live drumming, but creatively deployed electronics still give it a powerful throbbing drive. For this performance he's joined by percussionist Rogério Martins (also of Hurtmold) and guitarist Guilherme Valerio.

You can listen to a recent live performance for the Web site Dublab, and below is a short video of the same trio performing live in São Paulo last year.

Today's playlist:

Amadou Balake, Señor Eclectico (Oriki Music)
Terry Riley, Les Yeux Fermés & Lifespan (Elision Fields)
Stan Getz Quartet, In Paris (Universal, France)
The Whitefield Brothers, In the Raw (Now-Again)
Agustí Fernández and Peter Kowald, Sea of Lead (Hopscotch)

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