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In the 1970s, mandolin player Andy Statman was so moved by the spirituality of Indian music that he began digging into klezmer. At the time, klezmer was in its death throes. But thanks to a federal humanities grant, Statman set about picking the brain of Dave Tarras, a surviving klezmer master, an endeavor that began the revival that continues today. “Klezmer is ultimately a way for Jews fully to experience Jewishness,” he told me last year in Flatbush, the Orthodox Brooklyn enclave where he lives. “Now you have thousands of Jews with very little living connection to Judaism who hear klezmer and feel Jewish because of its spiritual potency.” Tonight, he’ll join the David Grisman Quintet, a bluegrass-folk-jazz outfit with whom Statman recorded the recent Jewish folk album Songs of Our Fathers, at 8 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $23.50. (202) 994-6800. (Louis Jacobson)