Kenny Werner and Benjamin Koppel play the Garde

Kenny Werner, left, and Benjamin Koppel perform Friday.

By definition, musical improvisation implies an unplanned journey. Sometimes, as with Sun Ra, the sojourn ends up in a place called Headache Land.

No worries on that front Friday in the Oasis Room of the Garde Arts Center. Pianist Kenny Werner and multi-reed man Benjamin Koppel perform - and it will be a lovely thing to see and hear. While the duo's first three collaborative albums explored jazz from post-bop to modern chamber music, their latest, "Walden," is a moving and evocative set of poetic sketches inspired by the meditations of Henry David Thoreau.


Kenny Werner and Benjamin Koppel, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oasis Room, Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London; $35; (860) 444-7373.


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