“Hindustani”-style guitarist and former bandleader of jam-band supergroup Garaj Mahal, the inimitable Fareed Haque, brings his Flat Earth Ensemble to downtown jazz haunt the Blue Wisp (318 East 8th Street) for a rousing set tonight. —-
Haque is a big fan of South Asian Folk music, and his roots are in Jazz and Classical guitar, but his playing is too wildly eclectic to be pinned down by any such limiting—and essentially not-too-descriptive—genre tags. Expect to hear virtuoso improvisation in Indian modes, swingin' Punjabi Folk rhythms and groovy echoes of Bollywood from the man and his band. You may even find yourself shaking your hips to this postmodern mash-up of influences, as Haque strives for his tunes to be “funky, fun and danceable.”
The musicians in Flat Earth Ensemble provide the backbeat with piano, bass and plenty of percussion, including tablas and a full drum set, so there's little doubt that this show will be lacking in funk.
Show times are at 8:30 and 10 p.m. Admission is $15. Check the Wisp’s Web site for more information.