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Amir ElSaffar's Two Rivers
Part of the 2015 Fall Jazz Series
Friday, September 25, 2015
8:30p $20 The on-line box office is closed.
Please call (203) 785-0468 for tickets.
10:00p $15 The on-line box office is closed.
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Performers
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Amir ElSaffar : trumpet
Carlo DeRosa : bass
Dan Weiss : drums
Ole Mathisen : tenor sax
Tareq Abboushi : buzuq, percussion
Zafer Tawil : dumbek, oud, violin

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Amir ElSaffar celebrates the release of the latest album by the Two Rivers Ensemble, Crisis. Crisis chronicles the continuing development of trumpeter ElSaffar's critically acclaimed Two Rivers Ensemble, a band purpose-built to explore the juncture between jazz and music of the Middle East, in particular the Iraqi maqam. The new work is his reflection on a region in turmoil and strife: revolution, civil war, sectarian violence; a culture's struggle for survival. It sets aside some of the more exploratory work that he has done in recent years to focus on music that is passionate and visceral, a cry from the heart. Crisis was commissioned by the Newport Jazz Festival, where at its 2013 premiere, it made a clear emotional connection to the audience, receiving a rousing standing ovation after just the first piece. Driving and to the point, ElSaffar’s music is beyond categorization – not jazz, world music or any facile fusion thereof – but a world unto its own.



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