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Louka Patenaude And John Christensen

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)
  Photo by Jeff Alexander.

Photo by Jeff Alexander.

Madison-based saxophonist and composer Anders Svanoe recently began organizing a locally focused Sunday afternoon jazz series at Arts + Lit Lab, and kicked it off last month by recording a live show with his unwieldy and very fun "double trio" (consisting of two rhythm sections, trumpet, and sax). For the second installment, the gifted and versatile guitarist Louka Patenaude (who's played everything from jazz to reggae to country) will showcase his recent collaboration with bassist John Christensen (who's highly active in jazz in and out of Madison, with collaborators including the Lesser Lakes Trio and pianist Johannes Wallmann). Patenaude, who also sings, says that the songs the duo will play here are "rooted in folk and bluegrass but harmonically draw from both older classical and ethnic music from the Mediterranean. It's kind of subconscious on my part." But this being a collaboration between two seasoned jazz musicians, listeners can probably expect a lot of instrumental flexibility within the songs as well. Patenaude is close to completing a new album, and can often be found playing with Christensen on Wednesday nights at the Nutty Bar. —Scott Gordon

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