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Amir ElSaffar

Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Amir ElSaffar

Amir ElSaffar, trumpeter, composer, singer, and santoor player, is garnering an international reputation for his work, both in the traditional Iraqi Maqam and in jazz music.

Described as “one of the important carriers of the Iraqi Maqam tradition” by Maqam master, Hamid al-Saadi, Amir currently leads the only ensemble in the US performing Iraqi Maqam, Safaafir. Amir sings and plays santoor, and is accompanied by traditional instruments, such as the joze (spike fiddle) and tabla. This ensemble has researched ancient practices that have been lost in recent generations, and is now reviving these sounds, continuing the legacy of the great masters of this tradition. Safaafir has appeared throughout the US, performing both for Iraqis as well as general audiences. Safaafir recently released a CD, entitled “Maqams of Baghdad.”...
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    Alchemy

    Pi Recordings
    2014
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    Inana

    Pi Recordings
    2011
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    Radif Suite

    Pi Recordings
    2010
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    Two Rivers

    Pi Recordings
    2008
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    Two Rivers

    Pi Recordings
    2007

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”Amir ElSaffar, the Iraqi-American trumpeter...is a virtuoso on the horn, but also an imaginative bandleader, expanding the vocabulary of the trumpet and at the same time the modern jazz ensemble. Accomplished in the jazz and Western classical fields, ElSaffar has also immersed himself in the Iraqi maqam. Much as Vijay Iyer has done with Carnatic music, ElSaffar is bringing the maqam - the urban classical music of Iraq - into contact with jazz. At Makor (Oct. 5th), during the second month of FONT, ElSaffar played an extended work called “Two Rivers”, signifying the Tigris and Euphrates but also the commingling of musical worlds...

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