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Fareed Haque to perform at The House

Fareed Haque, professor of guitar, will perform a faculty recital Friday at The House Café, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. Haque will perform with his new band MathGames!.

By creating a musical equation that mixes genres, tempos, melodies and abnormal trans-temporal beats, MathGames! takes listeners on an innovative musical adventure. Band members Alex Austin (bass) and Greg Fundis (drums) provide a funky mystico-musical backbone as visualist Craig Pessolano submerges them in a futuristic groove for the eyes, ears and soul. Together the band transforms light into sound and takes everyone in the crowd deep into inner space.

Friday’s show also will include sets by The Bonzo Terks, The Great Influence Machine and Bowling Night and The Pins.

Haque joined the Northern Illinois University School of Music in 1989 as a professor of jazz and classical guitar studies.

His versatility has created a demand for him as a sideman with prominent jazz artists including Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Bob James, Dave Holland, Sting, Javon Jackson, and Joe Zawinul.

Haque has been featured on Ben Sidran’s New Visions, Michelob Presents Sunday Night with David Sanborn on NBC, his own Lonesome Pines Special for PBS, and on BET cable jazz channel. He has twice been selected Talent Deserving Wider Recognition in Downbeat magazine.

Haque also has released five recordings as a leader: “Voices Rising” and “Manresa” on Sting’s Pangaea label, and “Sacred Addiction,” “Opaque,” and “Deja Vu,” his most recent, on the prestigious Bluenote label.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lynn Slater in the School of Music at lslater@niu.edu or 815-753-1546.

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