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Guitarist Henry Kaiser is a hyphenated musician. He plays rock-jazz-improv-Asian-Indian-African-pop-folk-blues and has a bewilderingly diverse discography to prove it. Taking his initial cues from free improv mastermind Derek Bailey and the art rock of Captain Beefheart, Kaiser has explored the traditional music of Vietnam, India, and Korea, American folk and blues, and, more recently, the sounds of Madagascar. Kaiser’s tastes are as scattershot as his playing, which can switch from abrasively textural—as on the newly reissued two-CD collaboration with guitarist Fred Frith, Friends & Enemies—to psychedelically spacious—as on his and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith’s tribute to Miles Davis, Yo Miles! See Kaiser in yet another setting—with an acoustic trio—when he’s joined by guitarist John McCain and violinist Jean Cook at 8 p.m. at the University of the District of Columbia’s Music Program Recital Hall, in Building 46-W, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. $5. (202) 274-5803. (Christopher Porter)