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The physical trick of circular breathingsnorting air through the nose while blowing through the mouthpiece in one continuous streamis difficult for saxophonists to master. British free-jazzman Paul Dunmall has spent plenty of time practicing this skill with such luminaries as Alice Coltrane, Spirit Level, London Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, and Mujician. But he’s also made an obvious, if rare, leap to another reeded instrument that accommodates uninterrupted airflow: the bagpipe. With its reservoir sack doing most of the work, the bagpipe allows Dunmall an unbroken current of air to improvise with. (Whether you can stand a nonstop flow of improvised bagpipe music is an entirely different matter.) Dunmall often plays soprano sax as well as bagpipes in duets with bassist and Mujician bandmate Paul Rogers. Dunmall and Rogers perform at 8 p.m. at Sangha Cafe, 117 Carroll St. NW. $10. (202) 882-8422. (Christopher Porter)