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Amir ElSaffar's Two Rivers Ensemble

  • Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 8270 Alumni Drive College Park, MD, 20742 United States (map)

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). 

Two Rivers Ensemble Photo by Adam Kissick

Two Rivers Ensemble Photo by Adam Kissick