Two Rivers New Album “CRISIS”
On July 24th Amir ElSaffar and his Two Rivers Ensemble released their third album, Crisis on Pi Recordings. Crisis chronicles the continuing development of this ensemble, a band purpose-built to explore the juncture between jazz and music of the Middle East, in particular the Iraqi maqam. The new work, commissioned by the Newport Jazz Festival, is ElSaffar’s reflection on a region in turmoil and strife: revolution, civil war, sectarian violence; a culture’s struggle for survival. It sets aside some of the more exploratory work that he has done in recent years to focus on music that is passionate and visceral, a cry from the heart. View the official Crisis press release here.