Two Rivers Ensemble Amir ElSaffar trumpet

Amir ElSaffar's Two Rivers Ensemble

Amir ElSaffar, trumpet
Friday, March 3, 2017 . 7PM & 9PM
Two Rivers Ensemble
Two Rivers Ensemble Photo by Adam Kissick
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Trumpet Amir ElSaffar

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Please note: the venue for this event has changed. This event is now at The Clarice in the Kogod Theatre. 

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Estimated Length: 
1 hour and 10 minutes
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Jazz and Middle Eastern music intertwine in this dynamic sextet led by trumpeter and composer Amir ElSaffar. Deeply rooted in the musical traditions of Iraq, this music honors its origins while possessing a singularly unique sound, speaking the language of swing and improvisation. Distinct from other contemporary musical fusions, the resultant sound incorporates microtones rarely heard on the trumpet, as well as innovative strides in the maqam modal system performed on the santur (hammered dulcimer).  

 “Gorgeous, invigorating and accessible.” – NPR Music