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Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra

Cal Performances

Cal Performances Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra

Trumpet player and composer Amir ElSaffar has long explored the connections between Iraqi maqam and jazz improvisation in his expansive compositions. His score was featured in Ragamala Dance Company’s visit to Cal Performances two seasons ago, and here he brings together 17 musicians from Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Western jazz traditions in a kaleidoscopic new program. ElSaffar’s layered, trancelike music combines microtonal melodies floating over a richly textured bed of strings and winds, and a bubbling, ever-shifting rhythmic backdrop.

  • Venue: Zellerbach Hall
  • Date: Tue April 14, 2020 8:00pm
  • City: Berkeley
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Price Range: $28–$48 (prices subject to change)
  • Tickets: 5106429988

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