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Dawn of Midi with Fred Lonberg-Holm, Christopher Erb and Michael Zerang 

When: Sat., April 26, 10 p.m. 2014
Price: $8-$10
Less of a traditional band and more of an aural experience, Dawn of Midi … Jad Abumrad of Radiolab renown turned us onto Dawn when he and his show came to Cleveland, and the two creative entities do share an approach to electronic editing that can’t help but draw in listeners from across the media spectrum. 2013’s Dysnomia (featuring mysterious song titles like “Io,” “Ymir,” “Moon,” and “Ijiraq”) is a hypnotic exercise in polyrhythmic harmony. “Io” kicks off the album with a circuitous contrabass line that dances atop a steady march along black and white keys. It’s a six-minute trip that shifts course subtly around the five-minute mark, giving the composition a charming tension-and-release undercurrent. This is jazz not just for the new millennium, but for this wholly undefined decade we find ourselves traveling within these days. And, despite the description, this stuff is fairly accessible to non-aficionados. Again, the focus here is rhythm (drummer Qasim Naqvi is unrelentingly talented on the skins). (Sandy)

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