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Canceled: Amir ElSaffar's Rivers of Sound Orchestra

Event Type
Performance
Sponsor
Marquee
Location
Colwell Playhouse
Date
Apr 18, 2020   7:30 pm  
Cost
$10-35
Contact
Bridget Lee-Calfas
E-Mail
bklee@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-6282
Originating Calendar
Krannert Center

Iraqi-American trumpeter, santur (hammered dulcimer) player, vocalist, and composer Amir ElSaffar has mastered disparate musical styles and created a singular approach to combining aspects of Middle Eastern music with American jazz, extending the boundaries of each tradition. A recipient of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a 2018 United States Artists Fellow, he is also a purveyor of the centuries old, now endangered, Iraqi maqam tradition, which he performs actively. ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra brings together 17 musicians from a broad spectrum of traditions, creating an entirely new musical vocabulary that transcends established notions of style. As the orchestra’s treatment of pitches and rhythms become fluid, so do cultural boundaries; elements that traditionally divide musicians into separate genres are recontextualized in a fresh transcultural soundscape. This musical alchemy led the Chicago Tribune to call ElSaffar “one of the most promising figures in jazz today.”

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