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Patricia Barber Trio

May 23
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
$25-$35
Jazz, Singer-Songwriter

A singer, pianist, and composer of rare dimension and subtlety, Chicago-based Patricia Barber edges her music, sublimely grounded in jazz, in unpredictable directions. Her maroon voice, lyrical keyboard work, and brooding melodies harbor mysteries compounded by enigmatic lyrics. Higher, her first album in six years, fuses art song, jazz, and classical in an eight-song cycle, “Angels, Birds, and I…,” and adds three covers. The theme is singers’ intrinsic relationship to music, which she addresses elliptically, metaphorically, and humorously, seducing the muse with quietly dazzling harmonic colors.