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Slide guitars usually evoke dusty country-western scenarios: saloons, cheatin’ hearts, cheatin’ hearts in saloons. But in the hands of David Tronzo, slide guitars evoke European and NYC art houses that feature pomo free jazz and modern classical. Bassist Peter Herbert—also known for his unorthodox style—complements Tronzo’s reinvented slide-guitar sounds on the duo’s Segmente CD. Unusual techniques are the twosome’s specialty: Herbert bows and plucks his bass with fervor, playing the strings, the neck, and the body for all their tonal worth as Tronzo uses all sorts of devices to elicit spooky sounds—from the forlorn to the agitated—on his prepared slide guitars. See why Musician Magazine named Tronzo one of the 100 best guitarists of all time and why Herbert plays, on average, 100 concerts a year (from classical to jazz and beyond) when they perform at 8 p.m. at the Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. Free. (202) 895-6705. (CP)