If the music of 3 Leg Torso were playing over a skillful low-angle tracking shot of you walking down the street, you'd either be a high-heeled Spaniard going to her illegitimate son's deathbed, or a determined child with a fistful of dollars bound for the forbidden chocolate shop. Take your pick: 3 Leg Torso encompasses many possibilities in its signature tango cartoon-carnival klezmer. Composers Béla Balogh and Courtney Von Drehle take their base instruments of cello, accordion, and violin, and add honky-clown-nose sounds, Bugs Bunny xylophone, upright bass, Moroccan percussion, and pretty much everything else. It's not as goofy as it sounds, either: These are highly trained professionals who layer a deep gloss over everything and swing ratchet-tight. Note to those of you who've been waiting for just the right little concert at which to bust out that 1960s Finnish government-researcher persona: This is definitely it.
Sat., March 1, 8 p.m., 2008