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Amir ElSaffar playing the trumpet

Amir ElSaffar: Rivers of Sound Large Ensemble: Not Two (World Premiere)

Thursday, April 16 at 7:30
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage
FREE

Rivers of Sound presents 17 musicians from a broad spectrum of traditions, from Iraqi maqam to American jazz. Using resonance as its governing principle, the music incorporates elements of maqam modal music of the Middle East with jazz and other contemporary musical practices to create a unique microtonal musical environment that moves beyond the notions of style and tradition into a realm of uninhibited musical communication. As pitches and rhythms become fluid, so do cultural boundaries: elements that traditionally divide musicians and genre-specific modes are re-contextualized in a fresh transcultural soundscape.

Featuring:
Amir ElSaffar, trumpet/santur
Carlo DeRosa, acoustic bass
Craig Taborn, piano
Dena ElSaffar, violin/jowza
Fabrizio Cassol, alto saxophone
George Ziadeh, oud/vocals
Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone
JD Parran, bass saxophone/clarinet
Kinan Abou Afach, cello
Mohammed Saleh, oboe/English horn
Naseem AlAtrash, cello
Nasheet Waits, drums
Ole Mathisen, tenor saxophone/soprano saxophone
Rajna Swaminathan, mridangam
Tareq Abboushi, buzuq
Tim Moore, percussion/dumbek/frame drum
Zafer Tawil, percussion/oud

A Lincoln Center co-commission

Underwritten by the MAP Fund and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)


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