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“Ilham” is Arabic for “inspiration,” and this collaborative trio relies on the inspiration of the moment and the interplay of three different traditions to create new music with deep roots. Syrian-born vocalist Gaida is featured, weaving her acrobatic, highly emotional singing with the cello of Canadian Rufus Cappadoccia, and the trumpet and santur (Persian hammered dulcimer) of Iraqi-American Amir ElSaffar. Ilham performs in the WNYC Studio and discusses their influences and backgrounds with host David Garland.

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Rufus Cappadocia

Amir ElSaffar

David Garland's Ear to Ear interview with Amir ElSaffar