Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri Nov 22 & Tues Nov 26

Free picture of a Trans-Dniestrian 50 ruble note to anyone who can puzzle out the thematic continuity of this week’s Updoc show of mostly new releases—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Hudson River Time. Chris Thile plays Bach on a mandolin that sounds like an instrument Bach might have played himself; we remember John Tavener via a setting of William Blake and play a few pieces from Matthew Shipp’s stunning new solo album Piano Sutras; Anne-Sofie von Otter sings French songs awfully well for a non-French otter while Gretchen Parlato sings Herbie Hancock, and even I can’t figure out how and if it fits together. Thelonious Monk probably supplies the best advice, in three installments: Abide With Me, Well You Needn’t, and Don’t Blame Me.50Trans-DniestrianRubles

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