• Barbez

Brooklyn art-rock combo Barbez plays a free set today at 2pm at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington). They’ll perform material from Force of Light (Tzadik, 2007), an homage to Jewish poet and Holocaust survivor Paul Celan that’s credited to the group’s composer and guitarist, Dan Kaufman. “Poet, performance artist, and playwright Fiona Templeton appears on a few tracks to read Celan’s poetry, but the music conveys his delicate balance of dark tragedy and stubborn hope even without words: the pieces zigzag between sorrowful introspection, chamber-music delicacy, and rocklike intensity,” writes Peter Margasak. Barbez also plays Sunday at Schubas.