Sat, Apr 06, 2019 08:00PM
Price: $40, $36 Friends, $30 students and seniors Includes same-day Museum admission (redeem at Ticket Desk)
Join acclaimed trumpeter/composer Amir ElSaffar and his sextet to discover a transcendent space where musical boundaries dissolve. Renowned for melding contemporary Western jazz with Iraqi maqam (Arabic melodic scales), ElSaffar creates dazzling, imaginative sonic tapestries that will leave you inspired.
Born in Chicago to an Iraqi father and an American mother, ElSaffar grew up with a love of Miles Davis. In 2001, he travelled to the Middle East for musical inspiration and ended up staying until 2012 studying the music of his heritage. This immersion led him to the commonalities between the two traditions, and gave rise to several musical collaborations featured on the acclaimed albums Two Rivers (2007), Inana (2011), Crisis (2015) and Not Two (2017).
Opening the evening are special guests, Spiral Modes, a Toronto-based band, led by qanun player and composer Sanaz Nakhjavani. The group formed in 2017 at the Museum following a jam session with members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. While Spiral Mode’s members originate from Iran, Syria, and Greece, their musical explorations extend past borders into the greater Middle East and Mediterranean regions. Rooted in improvisation, the group creates experiences unique to each performance.
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