Amir ElSaffar’s News and Events
April 27, 2021: Rivers of Sound Orchestra’s second album, The Other Shore, will be released in four months from today! Recorded in December, 2019, this album chronicles the evolution of the 17-piece Rivers of Sound orchestra after five years of touring. Stay tuned for updates and video previews of the new music.
April 14, 2021: Amir ElSaffar has just completed a ten-day residency and recording session with the 15 musician Raga-Maqam project at Mass MoCA! Album is scheduled for release in early 2022.
February 21, 2021: This year’s Bang on a Can Marathon features 16 new compositions from 16 different composers, including a work by Amir ElSaffar written for Ken Thomson, bass clarinet, entitled Thaw. Check out the whole program here: https://live.bangonacan.org/february2021marathon/
February 3, 2021: Amir ElSaffar’s Luminescencia project, combining Flamenco, Maqam, and electronics was scheduled to perform today at the Quai-Branley Museum in Paris. Sadly, the concert was canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, but the group held an online discussion with French radio producer Françoise Degeorges, including excerpts from the work. View it here: https://youtu.be/Ru-fQPKTg0s
January 31, 2021: Amir ElSaffar’s video Lecture, “Beyond the Other Shore,” produced for Knox College’s Jerome Mirza Virtual Jazz Residency came out today! Amir discusses his musical projects encompassing an array of musical languages from Jazz, Classical and Maqam, to Flamenco, Raga, and Sub-Saharan Trance Music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O_k_J35QJs
December 5, 2020: Last month, Safaafir convened with Iraqi Maqam master Hamid Al-Saadi for the first time since the beginning of the Pandemic for a performance at the Stissing Center in Pine Plains, New York. The video streamed today as part of Clarion Concert Series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k04MfyNo5CM
November 20, 2020: Check out Amir ElSaffar’s debut work for trumpet, santur, and modular synthesizer as part of this year’s virtual Jazz Fest Sarajevo:
September 1, 2020: Amir ElSaffar receives a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University to begin work on his first opera, Ruins of the Encampment. Read more about it here: http://www.princetonmagazine.com/princeton-university-hodder-fellows/
April 1, 2020: Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Rivers of Sound’s two-week tour of the United States has been postponed/canceled. More updates on re-scheduled dates will be forthcoming.