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Tar isn’t just something that roads are surfaced with. The tar is a fretted, six-string lutelike instrument, and Amir Koushkani has spent most of his teen and adult life studying it. Koushkani is a dedicated student of the Persian style of play known as radif, but he’s no purist: The Iranian-born Canadian émigré has taken on many East-West collaborations, mixing the tonalities of his homeland with elements of jazz and flamenco. On In the Path of Love: Improvisations on Classical Persian & Indian Music, Koushkani works with Seattle-raised violinst-violist Eyvind Kang, who, like Koushkani, has itinerant ears and moves easily from jazz (he’s played often with Bill Frisell) to world-fusion-rock (he’s performed with the Sun City Girls) to classical minimalism (his The Story of Iceland disc perfectly evokes the country’s glacial beauty). See Koushkani and Kang together at 7:30 p.m. at the Sackler Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 432-7328. (Christopher Porter)