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Concert: Amir Elsaffar & Two Rivers Ensemble

Event Details

September 28, 2018
8:00 pm

Bowker Auditorium

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
General Admission: $25; $10 FC and 17 & under
Fine Arts Center Box Office

Amir El Saffar, trumpeter par excellence with a classical background, has been described as “uniquely poised to reconcile jazz and Arabic music” (the Wire). Together with his Two Rivers Ensemble he has made innovative strides in using the Iraqi maqam modal system to transform the American jazz idiom. The resultant sound is thrilling and distinct from other contemporary cross-cultural musical fusions.  The ensemble made up of jazz and Middle Eastern musicians plays music that is deeply rooted in the musical forms of Iraq and nearby regions, yet speaks to the language of swing, improvisation and group interaction. Amir ElSaffer compositions have won him accolades from DownBeat magazine and standing ovations at the Newport Jazz Festival.



Bowker Auditorium is located within Stockbridge Hall.

Event Category

Music Music Performance