Dean Magraw & Marcus Wise

Longtime friends and collaborators, and virtuosos on their respective instruments, tabla player Marcus Wise and guitarist Dean Magraw recorded How the Light Gets In, their second album (after a 25-year hiatus), while Magraw was fighting a grave illness and dealing with a bone marrow transplant. It was a dark time, but Light's music shines with a radiance emanating from the brilliant synchronicity of their quiet but thrilling play. Entirely improvised and, as Wise says, "listening for the music between the notes of each other's voices," tabla and guitar essentially become different dimensions of the same instrument, probing fathoms of the soul while transcending East and West, light and dark, for the mysteries in between. Poet Robert Bly will also appear at this album-release concert. (Photo by Matthew Zimmerman)
Sat., Feb. 5, 7 p.m., 2011

 
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