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Which makes her a perfect opener for the Clogs, a classically trained instrumental quartet led by Australian violinist/violist Padma Newsome. Like Todd's, Newsome's compositions are largely influenced by location and education. The son of an Adelaide poet and dingo expert, Newsome spent seven years in isolation on an ashram in the heart of the Outback before winning a Fulbright award to the Yale School of Music. While his works for bassoon, saxophone, guitar, percussion, and his own instruments bear the casual, loose-limbed shamble of Western improvisation, they are largely grounded in the classic folk musics of India and the Jewish Diaspora. At once familiar and alien, comical and disquieting, soothing and overwrought, the Clogs' music walks a fine line between radiance and darkness that is rarely achieved outside Hindu culture -- and even more rarely in a nightclub setting. Mia Doi Todd opens for the Clogs on Tuesday, July 17, at Cafe Du Nord at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5; call 861-5016.

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