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Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition Soundboard

When: Thu., June 16, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., June 17, 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., June 18, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sun., June 19, 4, 8 & 10 p.m. 2011

A few months ago, French label Plus Loin Music released Tasty!, a 2006 trio session by MSG—aka New York saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, Parisian drummer Chander Sardjoe, and Dublin bassist Ronan Guilfoyle. Even though it's one of Mahanthappa's less active groups, the music is as rigorous as everything he does, reflecting his multifaceted interests: the classical music of India, the rhythmically advanced concepts of New York's M-Base school, classic bebop. One of the pleasures of following an artist with a deep discography is tracing artistic through-lines, and in Mahanthappa's case they become clearer with each passing year. His ability to connect Indian music and bebop reaches its apex in the Indo-Pak Coalition, an improvising trio with guitarist Rez Abassi and tabla player Dan Weiss, both of whom share his fluent stylistic duality. On its lone album, 2008's Apti (Innova), the group expertly meshes jazz harmony and phrasing with complex Indian rhythmic cycles. —Peter Margasak

Price: $20

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