Amir ElSaffar, who has been called among the most promising figures in jazz today by the Chicago Tribune, is unique for combining elements of the maqam, a Middle Eastern musical form, with modern jazz. A virtuoso on the trumpet, ElSaffar has developed new techniques that enable intonation and ornaments that are characteristic to Arabic music and is also one of very few trumpeters in the world able to play microtonal music. Crisis is inspired by his extensive travels in the Middle East, and the growing sense of hopelessness that continue to haunt the region. Joining him is the Two Rivers Ensemble, his long-running group formed to explore this confluence of these musical cultures. After almost ten years of extensive performing and touring, they have developed an intuitive ease with this highly complex music, enabling the band to play with a creativity that transcends pure technical challenge. Using the maqam to transform the jazz idiom, the music still speaks the language of swing, improvisation and group interaction. With Crisis, ElSaffar has once again uncovered entirely new possibilities in the evolution of jazz.
Key Performers: Amir ElSaffar trumpet, vocal, santour Ole Mathisen tenor and soprano saxophone Nasheet Waits drums Carlo DeRosa bass Tareq Abboushi buzuq Zafer Tawil oud, percussion
Total Run Time 66:33
ELSAFFAR,AMIR TWO RIVERS ENSEMBLE
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