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Kenny Werner and Benjamin Koppel play the Garde

Published April 18. 2013 4:00AM
Kenny Werner, left, and Benjamin Koppel perform Friday.

By definition, musical improvisation implies an unplanned journey. Sometimes, as with Sun Ra, the sojourn ends up in a place called Headache Land.

No worries on that front Friday in the Oasis Room of the Garde Arts Center. Pianist Kenny Werner and multi-reed man Benjamin Koppel perform - and it will be a lovely thing to see and hear. While the duo's first three collaborative albums explored jazz from post-bop to modern chamber music, their latest, "Walden," is a moving and evocative set of poetic sketches inspired by the meditations of Henry David Thoreau.

- RICK KOSTER

Kenny Werner and Benjamin Koppel, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oasis Room, Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London; $35; (860) 444-7373.

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