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Amir ElSaffar and Rivers of Sound

Part of Embracing Complexity

The Wire says Amir ElSaffar is “uniquely poised to reconcile jazz and Arabic music without doing either harm.” A trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer, ElSaffar is steeped in classical and jazz traditions while also bringing the microtones and ornaments idiomatic to Arabic music into play. He is also a practitioner of the endangered Iraqi maqam music, which influences both his playing and his composing. All of this adds up to the Chicago Tribune calling ElSaffar “one of the most promising figures in jazz today.”

His band, Rivers of Sound, features 17 musicians who blend eastern and western music by using resonance as their organizing principle. As pitches and rhythms become fluid, so do cultural boundaries. The result is a fresh transcultural soundscape.

Season Sponsor: WEST MUSIC

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François M. and Doris E. Abboud
Little Village

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Thursday, February 8 at 7:30pm

Hancher Auditorium, Hadley Stage
141 Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242

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Arts/Entertainment, Performance




Hancher Auditorium

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Arts Iowa, Hancher



ADULT: $35 | $25 COLLEGE STUDENT: $31 | $10 YOUTH: $17 | $10

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