Now out on innova, ACF’s recording label: Maithree, the ensemble, was formed when Nirmala Rajasekar, Indian veena virtuoso, invited some friends to play music together. With visiting South Indian drum guru Boopathi, cellist Michelle Kinney, and brothers Pat (clarinet) and Tim O’Keefe (world percussion), this is Minnesota-grown idealism at its finest, where no barriers to musical or social concord get in the way. Maithree, the similarly-named album, features original music, along with new arrangements of Indian, Irish, and Turkish tunes. Maithree, the composition, was originally written for a 1966 concert at the United Nations, bringing a message of world peace and friendship across borders. What could be more timely? Hear it.

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