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 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.