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Blues mu­si­cian Taj Ma­hal; Santa Fe Women’s En­sem­ble; singer­song­writer David Berke­ley; Horse Lords

Blues with a twist: Taj Ma­hal

The renowned Taj Ma­hal brings his trio to Santa Fe Farm­ers Mar­ket Pavil­ion (1607 Paseo de Per­alta) at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs­day, May 26. Ma­hal, a na­tive of New York, first be­came well known with his 1968 acous­tic-blues re­leases Taj Ma­hal, on which he of­fers scream­ing pure blues such as “Leav­ing Trunk,” and the more re­laxed The Natch’l

Blues with clas­sics like the won­der­fully rhyth­mic “Corinna” and “The Cuckoo.” Some 40 al­bums later, he’s also a vet­eran of stage and record­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions with Lucinda Wil­liams, Ali Farka Touré, Michelle Shocked, the Rolling Stones, Ziggy Mar­ley, Toumani Di­a­baté, and dozens of oth­ers. This is a blues­man with an ex­ploratory bent. He has taken some heat over the years be­cause of his pen­chant for in­cor­po­rat­ing other types of music, among them reg­gae, gospel, R& B, West African music, and jazz — the ti­tle track of his 1997 disc Señor Blues is a song by jazz com­poser and pi­anist Ho­race Sil­ver, and that al­bum won him a Grammy for Best Con­tem­po­rary Blues Al­bum. Tick­ets are $38-$350 at www.brown­pa­pertick­ets.com. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit Santa Fe’s pub­lic ra­dio sta­tion, KSFR-101.1 FM.

— Paul Wei­de­man

Sonic hoof­ing: Horse Lords

The Bal­ti­more band Horse Lords — Andrew Bern­stein on sax­o­phone and per­cus­sion, Max Eil­bacher on bass and elec­tron­ics, Owen Gard­ner on guitar, and Sam Haber­man on drums — play Rad­i­cal Aba­cus on Thurs­day, May 26. Founded in 2010, Horse Lords work in a realm of mod­ern rock ’n’ roll. “Us­ing a just in­to­na­tion tun­ing system [as op­posed to the com­mon 12-tone equal tem­per­a­ment tun­ing], the band con­structs lay­ers of punch­ing, syn­co­pated phrases that call upon el­e­ments of krautrock, African poly-rhythms, and clas­si­cal min­i­mal­ism,” ac­cord­ing to its Tum­blr site. Also per­form­ing this night are Way­tansea Point (and that’s Tempe, Ari­zona, artist and techno-mu­si­cian Mitchell Keaney) and Santa Fe’s An­gelo Harmsworth. Rad­i­cal Aba­cus is lo­cated at 1226-D Calle de Comer­cio. The music starts at 8 p.m. and ad­mis­sion is $5. Visit www.rad­i­cal­aba­cus.com. — P.W.

Stu­dio al fresco: David Berke­ley

On Satur­day, May 21, a per­for­mance by singer-song­writer David Berke­ley kicks off a new music se­ries, The Stu­dio Ses­sions, fea­tur­ing con­certs in artists’ stu­dios. Berke­ley per­forms music from his re­cently re­leased sixth al­bum, Card­board Boat. Recorded in Chu­padero, it is pop­u­lated by songs he wrote as ex­pres­sions of each of the char­ac­ters in his 2015 novella, The Free Bron­tosaurus. Berke­ley is ac­com­pa­nied by Ben Wright and Josh Martin. For an idea of the char­ac­ter of the evening, All Music Guide tells us that Berke­ley “chan­nels the earthy spirit of Dono­van, Nick Drake, and El­liott Smith with his fu­sion of finger-plucked guitar bal­lads and taste­fully ar­ranged pop/rock.” The Satur­day con­cert be­gins at 7 p.m. (and pro­ceeds un­der a ris­ing full moon) at the out­door sculp­ture stu­dio of Somers Ran­dolph (1889 Conejo Drive). The sug­gested do­na­tion is $15; kids with adults are ad­mit­ted with­out charge. The con­cert ben­e­fits Meow Wolf’s Learn­ing Cen­ter. — P.W.

Starry, starry night: Santa Fe Women’s En­sem­ble

The 17 mem­bers of the Santa Fe Women’s En­sem­ble al­ways have some­thing un­fa­mil­iar up their sleeves, be­ing the clas­si­cal-music group in Santa Fe most de­voted to com­mis­sion­ing and pre­mier­ing new works. In the con­clud­ing con­cert of its 35th sea­son, the cho­rus per­forms the 33rd of its com­mis­sions: Reina de la noche (Queen of the Night). This set­ting by Amer­i­can com­poser Z. Ran­dall Stroope of a Span­ish-lan­guage poem by Adri­ana Raquel Vidal sug­gests a vi­sion known to all Santa Feans: the cúpula es­trel­lada, the starry dome whose “spray of di­a­monds floods the life on earth be­neath.” Also on the pro­gram, which is ti­tled “Cel­e­bra­tion of Women,” are works from the Baroque com­poser Francesca Cac­cini, Clas­si­cist Bal­das­sare Galuppi, and Ro­man­tic Jo­hannes Brahms, along with pieces by a hand­ful of con­tem­po­rary com­posers, in­clud­ing two fur­ther items by Stroope. Linda Raney con­ducts this con­cert, which be­gins at 3 p.m. on Sun­day, May 22, at First Pres­by­te­rian Church (208 Grant Ave.). Tick­ets ($25, with dis­counts avail­able) can be had through Tick­ets Santa Fe at the Len­sic (505-988-1234, www.tick­etssantafe.org).

— James M. Keller

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