Jazz Institute of Chicago

Amir ElSaffar's Two Rivers Large Ensemble

Chicago-born, Iraqi-American trumpeter and vocalist Amir ElSaffar
(pictured) fuses traditional Iraqi Maqam music with modern jazz in a
new work written for a 16-piece ensemble of Arabic and Western
instrumentation. In this concert, ElSaffar contrasts the Iraqi
modalities with the heavy grooves and free textures of jazz, while
still maintaining the feeling of the blues. The ensemble includes
Chicagoans Jeff Parker (guitar); Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto saxophone);
and Zafer Tawil ('ud, violin, percussion) as well as Amir ElSaffar
(trumpet, santoor, vocal); Tareq Abboushi (buzuq); Kinan Abou Afach
(cello, 'ud); Jason Adacewicz (vibes); Jeb Bishop (trombone); Geof
(tenor saxophone, bass clarinet); Carlo DeRosa (bass); Dena
(violin, viola, jowza); Naeif Rafah (nay); Dave Rempis (tenor
saxophone, bass clarinet); Nasheet Waits (drums); Wanees Zarour (buzuq,
violin, riqq), and more.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 7:30pm
This is a Free event.


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