There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Critics have to bust out the hyphen and the slash to describe San Francisco’s Tin Hat Trio. The electric group plays world-jazz/classical music that mixes Old World melodies (French standards, Gypsy swing, Albanian folk, etc.) with New World exploration (jazz improvisation, modern classical, country blues). Violinist/violist Carla Kihlstedt, accordionist/pianist/pump organist/harmonica player Rob Burger, and guitarist Mark Orton (who also shines on banjo and dobro) take their hyphenated sounds seriously: Tin Hat’s members studied variously at Peabody and Juilliard before moving west in the mid-’90s. Helium, the trio’s second CD, is a beguiling blend of postmodern Americana and European folk music, with just the right pinch of improvisation: It sounds like Astor Piazzolla playing a Béla Bartók composition in a folk-blues style. Think that’s a confusing description? It’ll all become clear at 7:30 p.m. at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $15. (202) 777-3254. (Christopher Porter)