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“THANK YOU friends, audiences, listeners, musicians, and other collaborators for making 2019 phenomenal! I am grateful for all of the beautiful musical experiences and couldn’t have done any of it without all of your support.”

– Amir ElSaffar

2019 Highlights included:

The premiere of Luminiscencia, combining Flamenco voice, dance, electronics, and Iraqi Maqam at the Flamenco Biennale Netherlands in February.

Trips to Mali, Morocco, and around Tunisia researching ritual music for “Transe,” a project reconnecting Tunisian Stambeli (Gnawa) music with its subsaharan African roots, that premiered at the Dream City Festival in Tunis in October.

Repeat performances of Cornu Luminis for Symphony Orchestra at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and a tour with the Lutoslawski Quartet performing Ahwaal, for string quartet, clarinet, bass, and ElSaffar on santur, trumpet, and voice.

Touring in the United States with Iraqi Maqam master vocalist Hamid Al-Saadi, whom ElSaffar brought to the United States from Iraq last year. Al-Saadi is now teaching at Rutgers and Sarah Lawrence on an Artist Protection Fund Fellowship.

International Tours with Two Rivers, including concerts in Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Mulhouse, Gdansk, Ramallah, and Haifa.

Residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, resulting in new music for Rivers of Sound Orchestra, which was recorded in December and will be released in 2020. Stay tuned for video and tracks from the forthcoming album, and the Rivers of Sound US tour in April, 2020 by signing up for our newsletter.

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“IT [LUMINSCIENCIA] WAS NOT REALIZED SIMPLY AS A PICTORIAL BROADSHEET BUT RATHER AS A THRILLING RADIANT STREAM OF ITS OWN UNIQUE DRAMATURGY, A STREAM FULL OF TRANSITIONS, SLOPES, LYRICAL LINGERING, ACCELERATIONS AND OUTBURSTS, OR JUST A MERRY UPSWING DANCE PART GIVEN SHAPE BY THE INTERPLAY OF FIVE DISTINCT VOICES.”

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