Results for "Crisis"
by Alberto Bazzurro
Trentotto anni, chicagoano, padre iracheno e madre statunitense, Amir ElSaffar naviga a mezza via tra jazz canonico (inteso come linguaggio, non nel senso di mainstream) e musica araba, che si combinano, sovrapponendosi o giustapponendosi, nel procedere del suo sestetto, attivo (e immutabile) ormai da diversi anni. Diciamo subito che ciò che ci convince ...
by Hrayr Attarian
On his third album with the Two Rivers ensemble, Crisis trumpeter and composer Amir ElSaffar continues to explore the Arabic Maqam modal system. He uses this melodic type in a context with strong American influences and particularly jazz sensibilities. The result is not merely a superficial, kitschy fusion but true marriage of two improvisational traditions.
by Karl Ackermann
Chicago area native, Amir ElSaffar has been working inside and outside the typical context of jazz since his Two Rivers Ensemble debut, Two Rivers (PI Recordings, 2007). The trumpeter and composer (and master santour player) has built a unique musical architecture based his study of the microtonal techniques of his ancestral Iraqi maqam. While ElSaffar was ...