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Santa Fe loves to chant, judg­ing by the re­cent sold-out Kr­ishna Das con­cert at the Len­sic. Now, David New­man, aka Durga Das, is com­ing to town. He’s a mas­ter chant mu­si­cian and record­ing artist whose In­dian kir­tan call-and-re­sponse songs in­cor­po­rate rock and folk in­flu­ences to cre­ate a unique style of de­vo­tional mu­sic that has earned him an in­ter­na­tional fol­low­ing. New­man, along with his wife, vo­cal­ist Mira, per­forms at Unity Santa Fe (1212 Unity Way) at 7 p.m. Tues­day, May 25. Tick­ets are $20 in ad­vance or $25 at the door and may be pur­chased at The Ark (133 Romero St., 988-3709) or Span­darama Yoga (815-A Early St., 989-1288). The show in­cludes se­lec­tions from the mu­si­cians’ new CD, To Be Home, co-pro­duced by New­man and three-time Grammy win­ner Trina Shoe­maker. In 2009, the old­est hand­crafted in­stru­ment was found in a cave in Ger­many — a 35,000-year-old flute made from the hol­lowed-out bones of a vul­ture. The in­stru­ment’s mod­ern in­car­na­tion can be heard when the Santa Fe Flute Choir, un­der the di­rec­tion of Carol Red­man, per­forms the mu­sic of Schu­mann, Bernard Wys­traete, and Joseph Bodin de Bo­is­mortier at First Pres­by­te­rian Church at 5:30 p.m. Fri­day, May 21. The con­cert is part of the TGIF 30-minute se­ries held ev­ery Fri­day at the church (208 Grant Ave., call 982-8544 Ext. 16). Do­na­tions are ap­pre­ci­ated.

When the Al­ham­bra De­cree forced Jews to leave Spain in 1492, some made their way to North Africa. (Many Jews who ini­tially sought refuge in Por­tu­gal fol­lowed soon after­ward, when sim­i­lar mea­sures were adopted there.) Vanessa

Paloma, an in­ter­na­tion­ally known scholar and per­former, presents a con­cert of Judeo-Span­ish songs from

Morocco on Sun­day, May 23, at 4 p.m. Paloma, who lives in Casablanca, ex­plains spir­i­tual and mys­ti­cal as­pects of the songs of these Sephardic Jews, fo­cus­ing on women’s roles in this mu­si­cal tra­di­tions. She per­forms at Con­gre­ga­tion

Beit Tikva, 2230 Old Pe­cos Trail. Tick­ets are $10 at the door. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 920-7771. Ex­pect a lot more than tu­tus on stage at the School of

Aspen Santa Fe Bal­let Spring Recital at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St) at

7 p.m. Thurs­day, May 27. Fifty-five of the par­tic­i­pants in the ASFB Folk­lórico pro­gram from Sweeney, César Chávez, Ramirez Thomas, and Salazar ele­men­tary schools take the stage in tra­di­tional Mex­i­can cos­tumes. That’s not to men­tion the other 125 stu­dents, aged 3 to 22, who per­form clas­si­cal bal­let, cre­ative dance, jazz, and tap. The evening show­cases many of the up­per-level stu­dents (27 in all) who have been se­lected to at­tend pres­ti­gious pre­pro­fes­sional sum­mer work­shops with top bal­let com­pa­nies and schools around the coun­try. Tick­ets are $20 to $25, avail­able from the Len­sic; call 988-1234 or visit www.tick­etssantafe.org.

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