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Amir Elsaffar's Two Rivers With Hamid Al-Saadi

04/08/19 | 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Pioneer Works

159 Pioneer St Map

718-596-3001

$10 and up


08-04-2019 12:00:00 08-04-2019 12:00:00 America/New_York Amir Elsaffar's Two Rivers With Hamid Al-Saadi | 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Amir ElSaffar has been described as "uniquely poised to reconcile jazz and Arabic music," (the Wire) and "one of the most promising figures in jazz today" (Chicago Tribune). A recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and 2018 United States Artists Fellowship, ElSaffar is an expert trumpeter with a classical background, conversant not only in the language of contemporary jazz, but has created techniques to play microtones and ornaments idiomatic to Arabic music that are not typically heard on the trumpet. Additionally, he is a purveyor of the centuries old, now endangered, Iraqi maqam tradition, which he performs actively as a vocalist and santur player. As a composer, ElSaffar has used the microtones found in Iraqi maqam music to create an innovative approach to harmony and melody, and has received commissions to compose for large and small jazz ensembles, traditional Middle Eastern ensembles, chamber ensembles, string quartets, symphony orchestras, as well as dance troupes. Described as "an imaginative bandleader, expanding the vocabulary of the trumpet and at the same time the modern jazz ensemble," (All About Jazz), and voted Trumpeter and Arranger of the year, Rising Star category, in Downbeat Magazine's 2018 Critic's poll, ElSaffar is ushering in a new paradigm of cross-cultural music making. http://www.cityguideny.com/eventinfo.cfm?id=359330 Pioneer Works Pioneer Works

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Amir ElSaffar has been described as "uniquely poised to reconcile jazz and Arabic music," (the Wire) and "one of the most promising figures in jazz today" (Chicago Tribune). A recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and 2018 United States Artists Fellowship, ElSaffar is an expert trumpeter with a classical background, conversant not only in the language of contemporary jazz, but has created techniques to play microtones and ornaments idiomatic to Arabic music that are not typically heard on the trumpet. Additionally, he is a purveyor of the centuries old, now endangered, Iraqi maqam tradition, which he performs actively as a vocalist and santur player. As a composer, ElSaffar has used the microtones found in Iraqi maqam music to create an innovative approach to harmony and melody, and has received commissions to compose for large and small jazz ensembles, traditional Middle Eastern ensembles, chamber ensembles, string quartets, symphony orchestras, as well as dance troupes. Described as "an imaginative bandleader, expanding the vocabulary of the trumpet and at the same time the modern jazz ensemble," (All About Jazz), and voted Trumpeter and Arranger of the year, Rising Star category, in Downbeat Magazine's 2018 Critic's poll, ElSaffar is ushering in a new paradigm of cross-cultural music making.

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