with video: Eclectic guitarist Fareed Haque plays in Ypsilanti on Friday
While the Ann Arbor Folk Festival this weekend features plenty of top-notch musicianship, if you're looking for a slightly more under-the-radar event, head to the Elbow Room on Friday to see Fareed Haque presents MathGames with the Brennan Andes Trio.
Chicago-based guitarist Haque is known for his unique style that blends classical techniques with an emphasis on jazz and world sounds. Haque has released records on the prestigious Blue Note label, led his own bands (including Garaj Mahal, Flat Earth Society and Klezmonauts) and played alongside such diverse performers as Sting, Cassandra Wilson and Paquito D'Rivera. In the media, Haque has been the subject of television specials on PBS, NBC and BET, and in 2009 readers of Guitar Player magazine voted Haque "Best World Guitarist."
At his website, Haque describes his latest project, MathGames, as an "electronica jazz/funk groove band perfect for festival rave or night club settings." The lineup finds Haque at the Moog guitar, rounded out with his Flat Earth Society bandmates Alex Austin on bass and Greg Fundis on electronic/acoustic drums. Listen to Fareed Haque "Bengali Bud" (MP3).
Fareed Haque debuting MathGames in Chicago last fall: