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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

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jamie Baum: Bridges

Read "Bridges" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'interesse di Jamie Baum a integrare nella sua ricerca varie tradizioni musicali orientali trova in questo disco l'espressione più ampia e organica. L'invito a esibirsi nel 2003 e nel 2009 al festival jazz di Kathmandu ha rappresentato per la flautista un'occasione per interagire con musicisti tradizionali nepalesi e indiani, stimolandola ad approfondire le loro musiche. I ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Asian-American Jazz & Improv

Read "Asian-American Jazz & Improv" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As jazz was born where cultures converged, it's not a surprise that it is the most adaptable form of music. An art form permeable since its very inception to musical traditions from other continents. This week we focus on the contribution of musicians that approached jazz and improvised music benefiting from the wider perspective afforded to ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New sounds from Trialogues, Nick Grinder and Marker

Read "New sounds from Trialogues, Nick Grinder and Marker" reviewed by Bob Osborne

New albums from Berlin trio Trialogues, Nick Grinder and Ken Vandermark's Marker plus great piano music from William Tatge and selections from Johannes Enders. In between music old and new. Playlist Trialogues “Samarkand" from Trialogues (Edition64) 00:00 Nick Grinder “New and Happy" fromFarallon (OiM Music) 05:18 Marker “Alphaville #2/Trance/Alphaville #1" from New Industries ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

2019 Hudson Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Hudson Jazz Festival" reviewed by Rudolph Lu

Hudson, New York is a two-hour ride from New York City, an hour away from Albany, and home to the Hudson Jazz Festival. Now in its second year, this year's festival took place from February 17 through February 19, with all performances held in the recently restored Hudson Hall. Day one featured the music ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Amir ElSaffar at Muziekgebouw

Read "Amir ElSaffar at Muziekgebouw" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Amir ElSaffar Muziekgebouw World Première LUMINESCENCIA at Flamenco Biennale NL 2019 Amsterdam February 2, 2019 Luminescencia" is a new work by US-American composer-musician Amir ElSaffar, co-produced by Dutch Flamenco Biënnale and French Fondation Royaument. It had its world-première in Amsterdam at this year's Flamenco Biennale, a country-wide festival in ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Frank van Berkel: New Programmer at Amsterdam's Bimhuis is Committed to Serve and to Curate

Read "Frank van Berkel: New Programmer at Amsterdam's Bimhuis is Committed to Serve and to Curate" reviewed by Joan Gannij

Frank van Berkel, the new Programmer at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam's premier jazz club, is no stranger to the music world. He started out as a musician, double bass/bass guitar, and played many venues back in the '80s and '90s, including Amsterdam's rock palace Paradiso and the Bimhuis, with different bands, that included Nine Tobs, Remo Tobs, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Amir ElSaffar Rivers of Sound: Rivers of Sound

Read "Rivers of Sound" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Questa monumentale opera del compositore e trombettista iracheno-americano sviluppa una sintesi musicale iniziata nel 2006 col sestetto Two Rivers di cui facevano parte anche il sassofonista Rudresh Mahanthappa e il batterista Nasheet Waits. Amir ElSaffar fonde il jazz d'avanguardia con alcune forme tradizionali orientali: la dimensione melodica microtonale del maqam convive con un cangiante tappeto ritmico ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Flavio Massarutto, Direttore Artistico di San Vito Jazz

Read "Flavio Massarutto, Direttore Artistico di San Vito Jazz" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Promotore culturale, appassionato e studioso di jazz e di fumetto, autore di numerose pubblicazioni come Assoli di china (Stampa Alternativa/Nuovi Equilibri, 2011), coautore di Jazz Loft e del recente Sconfini. Vent'anni di Jazz&Wine of Peace , Flavio Massarutto è anche molto attivo come organizzatore di concerti e, in particolare, è Direttore Artistico di San Vito Jazz, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Amir ElSaffar/Rivers of Sound: Not Two

Read "Not Two" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Much has been written about Amir ElSaffar's Iraqi-American background and the influence that birthright has had on his music. The demographics, however, do little to prepare the ear for the exotic and completely distinctive sound that he creates. ElSaffar's Western and Middle Eastern amalgam of disciplines had best manifested itself in his sextet, the Two Rivers ...


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