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Music Picks: Feb. 12-18


What does it take to earn the title of “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling?”

I’m not exactly sure, but I’m guessing it has something to do with Alasdair’s 30-plus-year resume on the instrument as both a Scottish traditionalist and an innovator of fiddle technique. For the past two decades, Fraser has been also playing with cellist Natalie Hasss, and they’ve become a favorite among fans of string dance music. The duo’s fiddle and cello pairing might seem odd for Celtic music fans, but it actually harkens to a much older tradition of Scottish dance music where cello was key. A little detail a Michael Jordan type fiddler would know. AC

INFO: 7:30pm. Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $27. 427-2227. 



This year, pre-game your Valentine’s weekend with the sounds of jazz harpist Motoshi Kosako, and bassist Michael Manring. These two team up to play the gentle soundtrack for your romantic evening. Kosako’s origins as an electric jazz guitarist lends a unique style to the self-taught harp player’s technique, often referred to as the harpist version of Keith Jarrett. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Ask Michael Manring, since he’s played it before. Pupiled under the late, great Jaco Pastorius, Manring continued his teacher’s experimental style and evolved it for audiences worldwide. MAT WEIR

INFO: 7:30pm. Michaels on Main, 2591 Main St., Soquel. $15. 479-9777.




Hardcore Mother Hips fans—and there are a lot of them in Santa Cruz—have long had the pleasure of diving into guitarist/singer Tim Bluhm’s excellent solo career. Meanwhile, while other guitarist/singer Greg Loiacono was involved with other

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