THURSDAY JANUARY 22



MUSIC FOR LUNCH

Pianist Gerald Finkel has assembled an alluring program of solo piano music: Six Bagatelles op. 126 by Beethoven, one of Scarlatti's umpteen million (but usually satisfying) sonatas, a Chopin Nocturne, and Prelude op. 23 no. 3 in D minor by Rachmaninoff. Sherman-Clay Piano & Organ, 1624 Fourth Ave, 622-7580, 12:15 pm, free.

STRING SPECIALISTS

A clutch of string slingers serve up short sets on guitar (acoustic and electric), banjo, oud, and maybe an invented instrument or two. Pickers and strummers include Bill Horist, Rick Bishop, Eric Ervin, Master Musicians of Bukkake maestro John Schuller, John Atkins, stringboard purveyor Dave Knott, Ilyas Ahmed, and one-half of Climax Golden Twins, Robert Millis. Expect everything from down-home flatpickin' to garbled gabblings channeled directly from the Phantasmagorical Realm of Lost Guitar Roadies. The Rendezvous, 2318 Second Ave, 441-5823, 10 pm, $6.

FRIDAY JANUARY 23



NEW ELECTRIC QUARTET

Keyboard mastermind Wayne Horvitz unveils the New Electric Quartet. For this new project, Horvitz has enlisted old NYC compadre Bobby Previte on drums, ebullient guitar crony Timothy Young, and bassist Kaveh Rastegar. Monktail Creative Music Concern offshoot Reptet, a surprisingly straight-ahead and swinging quartet, opens. The Triple Door, 216 Union St, 838-4333, 8 pm, $17.

SUNDAY JANUARY 25



DAINIUS & ASTA VAICEKONIS

A century ago, galloping through duets on the piano by everyone from Bach to Wagner (usually arranged and transcribed by Liszt) was a common parlor-room pastime. Today, the classical-music industry supports one, maybe two touring piano duos, so I'm grateful for Shoreline Community College's ongoing series devoted to this disappearing format. This third installment features husband-and-wife duo Dainius and Asta Vaicekonis, who team up for four-hands compositions by Debussy, Ravel, and Poulenc. Shoreline Community College, Campus Theater, 546-4606, 3 pm, $4/$10.

PHONOGRAPHERS UNION

This informal group improvises collectively, solo, and in small groups with field recordings made next door and around the world. Phonographers Steve Barsotti, Mark Griswold, Doug Haire, Perri Lynch, Heather Perkins, Toby Paddock, Jonathan Way, and yours truly improvise with field recordings of touch football in Central Park, distantly rasping pine trees, and other overlooked ambiances of everyday life. The Abbey, 1901 S Fawcett St, Tacoma, 253-572-5424, 6 pm, $5.

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 28

EMERSON STRING QUARTET

Yes, I've got a shelf of the ESQ's discs, all of which I like very much; however, to my ears Meany Theater is just too big a hall for a string quartet or solo piano gig. Or am I just too addicted to the close-up sonic details--like the scrape of a bow or the blooming boom of an emphatic pizzicato--heard in acoustically intimate halls and on recordings? Anyway, this world-class quartet performs Joan Tower's recently minted Incandescent, Debussy's deliciously winsome Quartet in G minor, and Shostakovich's Quartet No. 9 in E-flat major. Meany Theater, UW campus, 543-4880, 8 pm, $32.

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