Amir Elsaffar

Saturday, December 22, 2007

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 characteristics of each without compromising either. In addition to his work in the traditional realm, Amir also leads a Sextet of Jazz and Arabic musicians that performs his suite, "Two Rivers," which invokes elements of the Iraqi Maqam in a modern Jazz setting.

Comments [2]

Dr. Noah Kornblum from Yonkers NY

What a fantastic interview! I find Mr. Elsaffar to be a refreshingly articulate and thoughtful artist. I was greatful that you gave him a chance to try to condense and explain the complexity of the Maqam art form in a way that the uninitiated could understand. While I enjoyed all of his music, the Maqam pieces were especially moving and spiritual. I feel I have found an entire new genre of music to explore.
Thank you!

Dec. 25 2007 10:19 PM
KJ van Ingen from NYC

Dear Mr. Garland:
I can appreciate/understand slightly more than half of the artists on your show, BUT I wanted to express my appreciation for the type of interview that you conduct. You are amazing!!!Your sensitivity to the artist and the music is warming and makes me sit a little longer with that which I do not currently understand. Thank you!!!

Dec. 22 2007 09:40 PM

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