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Amir ElSaffar

Apr 16th 2020 @ The Soraya (The Valley's Center for the Performing Arts)

Northridge, CA
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Thursday, April 16th, 2020
8:00 PM
The Soraya (The Valley's Center for the Performing Arts)
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330
Iraqi-American trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer Amir ElSaffar returns to The Soraya -- this time with his 17-piece jazz orchestra, the Rivers of Sound. The group's Middle Eastern-inspired music blends with American jazz for a unique, infectious sound. Elements that traditionally divide musicians are reimagined in a fresh, transcultural soundscape. Public radio station WBGO recently called the orchestra's music an "exhilarating wash of sound, layers upon layers, meant to induce a phenomenon commonly known in Iraqi maqam as tarab, a sense of having an out-of-body experience." It highlights the sounds of oud, buzuq, and santur, and a Persian stringed hammered dulcimer, played by ElSaffar himself. He also weaves in Western classical instruments such as violin, cello, and oboe.
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