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Rashanim, an ensemble dedicated to the exploration of Jewish, Middle Eastern and improvised music, performs as part of Makor’s “Beyond Jazz” evening. Founded in 2000 by guitarist Jon Madof, the trio — Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz on bass and Mathias Kunzli on drums and percussion — released its debut CD in April on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records. Rashanim’s varied influences include klezmer, Turkish classical music, sacred Jewish melodies and the music of the late “downtown” saxophonist and composer Thomas Chapin. The group’s performance is preceded by award-winning drummer-composer Darren Lyons and his acoustic quartet, and composer and saxophone-flute player Jessica Lurie and the trio Living Daylights. Also in the lineup is the Lemon Juice Quartet, which blends jazz, rock, funk, be-bop, Afro-Cuban, ethnic and experimental music.

Makor, 35 W. 67th St.; Lyons 7 p.m., Lurie 8 p.m., Rashanim 9:30 p.m., Lemon Juice Quartet 10:30 p.m.; $12. (212-601-1000 or


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