Ear to Ear: Amir Elsaffar

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Some five years ago, jazz trumpeter/vocalist Amir Elsaffar embarked on a personal quest to master the centuries-old musical style of his Iraqi ancestry. Fusing modern jazz with the traditional Iraqi Maqam repertoire, Elsaffar continues to serve as a cultural ambassador, breathing new life into a rich โ€” and nearly extinct โ€” musical heritage.

Amir Elsaffar

Trumpeter, composer, singer, and santoor player, Amir Elsaffar currently leads the only ensemble in the US performing Iraqi Maqam. Being of mixed Iraqi and American heritage, and an expert in Iraqi Maqam and jazz, Amir has been able to organically join both musical styles in a way that preserves the ...

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