Classical 102.1 KDFC is the KALX of classical radio stations: It knows it's rad. It doesn't have to compare itself to other classical stations. KDFC DJs play the cream of the crop, such as Sir Neville Marriner conducting the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. So we're recommending the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet partly because it's a KDFCsponsored event. But the quartet is kinda superstar-ish on its own. The four guitarists perform music by composers including Aaron Copland and Count Basie; some of it sounds downright experimental (Ian Krouse, you crazy bastard!), but these four gorgeous acoustic instruments never get punk-confrontational. It's more about the insanity of the players' picking speed and the unusual rhythmic layering they get with this setup.
Fri., Feb. 22, 8 p.m., 2008