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There are really only two artists who link pop music and the current avant-garde hot spots of experimental free improvisation and electronica. And both are elfin females from small island nations who have worked with NYC harpist/improviser Zeena Parkins. Parkins appears as one of the shimmering touches of Bjork’s recent Vespertine album and worked with Haco in 1996 on the Kam-pas-nel-la project, with fellow New Yorker Samm Bennett and Altered States guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi. Though Haco is not yet a pop diva, she is well recognized as an improviser. Her trio, Hoahio, has recorded for John Zorn’s Tzadik label—the group’s Ohayo! Hoahio! featured constantly evolving and achingly beautiful weirdness and was one of 2000’s finest moments. Currently on a rare tour of select U.S. cities, Haco plays miniature sampler, electronic percussion, pocket theremin, electric mandolin, and children’s toys. To work her small orchestra, she’ll use both arms and one leg as she sings in a breathy, pixieish voice. Haco plays with Cerebus Shoal and Trance and the Arcade at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Jeff Bagato)