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Ashia Grzesik 

When: Fri., Feb. 25, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $10
I've never heard anything quite like Bison Rouge, the new solo EP from Portland Cello Project and Vagabond Opera cellist Ashia Grzesik. The captivating opening track "Country Will Do Her Well" sounds like lieder updated for the 21st century, and it's followed by the handsome two-step of "Rip Up Your Stitch," then "Broken Crowns," which sounds like a conservatory string quartet slumming with Appalachian folk before Grzesik meanders in with a vocal that sends the whole thing into outer space. I haven't even mentioned the song that she sings in Polish. The EP's instrumentation is almost exclusively strings and accordion, with plenty of pizzicatos alongside hints of gypsy and cabaret. Grzesik's music is a strange and beautiful thing to listen to, and tonight's release show—which will include belly dancers as well—should provide ample evidence of her talent and ambition. NED LANNAMANN

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