Two Rivers Ensemble Amir ElSaffar trumpet
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