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An Evening of Difficult Music 

Some believe that New Orleans music equals great players rehashing worn-out ideas. Perhaps the city needs more difficult music? "Well, I wouldn't say that," says a chuckling Maggie McKeowen, owner of McKeown's Books and Difficult Music, "not now that everything in New Orleans is difficult." A secondhand bookstore selling quality fiction plus books on philosophy and mathematics, McKeown's also features what its owner describes as, "Art music that requires more active listening." And thus, No. 7 in the store's live music series will feature native New Orleanian Kevin Gipson's project AllThatFall: computer-manipulated Rhodes piano sampled in real-time and combined with field recordings of rain and other ambient sound. Helen Gillet -- collaborator of much-missed New Orleans bassist James Singleton -- will run her cello through a loop pedal. Chef Menteur's Bryan Killingsworth and native Trey Smith round out the night, performing on feedback mixer and analog synthesizer. It's not just noise though. McKeown promises, "These musicians do improvise to some degree, but we are more interested in composers." Free admission. -- Michael Patrick Welch

8 p.m. Sat., March 10

McKeown's Books and Difficult Music, 4737 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-1954

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