Amir ElSaffar
Amir ElSaffar

Amir ElSaffar

About Amir ElSaffar

Trumpet/composer Amir ElSaffar is a classically trained, experimental performer known for his ambitious blend of post-bop jazz, traditional Iraqi maqam, and other Arabic musical traditions. ElSaffar first garnered attention working with Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa before showcasing his cross-pollinated sound on 2007's Two Rivers and 2011's Inana. Along with collaborations alongside saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh, he also leads the 17-piece Rivers of Sound ensemble, with which he has released 2017's Not Two and 2021's The Other Shore.

    Chicago, IL
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