AMIR ELSAFFAR’S RIVERS OF SOUND ORCHESTRA at Berklee Performance Center

The full 17-piece band performs on stage in front of a live audience against a black backdrop. Amir ElSaffar stands to play the trumpet
Black and white photo of Amir ElSaffar, eyes closed, head turned upwards, holding his trumpet against his chest

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Amir ElSaffar
Sunday, April 26, 7:30PM
136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston
$30, $38, $48, $58
Reserved seating

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Acclaimed composer, trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound brings together 17 musicians from a broad spectrum of traditions, ranging from Iraqi maqam to American jazz. Deeply rooted in the musical traditions of Iraq, the ensemble finds ecstatic common ground among the scales, grooves, and instruments of Arabic music, contemporary orchestras, and jazz. Middle Eastern oud, buzuq, santur (hammered dulcimer), jowza (spike fiddle), and percussion resonate with piano, bass, drums, horns, strings, and voice. The result is a groundbreaking microtonal environment that transcends genres and enters a realm of uninhibited musical communication.

“A trance-like state of ecstasy.”—Pitchfork

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