Past Events

Date Artist City Venue
09/08/17 Amir ElSaffar at the Brooklyn Raga Massive’s and The India Center Foundation’s Outside (In)dia series New York, NY David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Broadway at 62nd Street. Firas Zreik (qanun), Naseem Alatrash (cello), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Abhik Mukherjee (sitar), Jay Gandhi (bansuri), and Shiva Ghoshal (tabla
09/02/17 Interstices (World Premiere) with Ictus Ensemble by AmirElSaffar Royaumont, France Royaumont Abbey
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Amir ElSaffar’s new compositions commissioned by the Royaumont Foundation in France for nine members of the Belgium-based chamber ensemble, ICTUS. Instrumentation is double bass, cello, violin, viola, clarinet/bass clarinet, oboe/English horn, and French horn, with the addition of ElSaffar on trumpet and santur (Iraqi hammered-dulcimer).
08/06/17 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Schenectady, NY The Agnes Macdonald Music Haven Stage – Central Park
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
08/04/17 Amir ElSaffar and Rivers of Sound Orchestra Newport, RI Newport Jazz Festival
Time: 12:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Fort Adams State Park 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840.
07/17/17 - 07/23/17 Amir ElSaffar – Teaching Residency Royaumont, France Royaumont Abbey
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
07/10/17 - 07/16/17 Amir ElSaffar – Composition Residency at the Royal Opera House in London London, United Kingdom Shubbak Festival
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
07/09/17 Fabrizio Cassol and Special Guests Aix-en-Provence, France Festival d’Aix
Time: 10:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
07/03/17 Archie Shepp’s Tribute to John Coltrane feat. Darryl Hall, Jason Moran, Nasheet Waits & Amir ElSaffar Vienne, France Jazz à Vienne
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
06/30/17 Archie Shepp’s Tribute to John Coltrane feat. Regie Workman, Jason Moran, Nasheet Waits & Amir ElSaffar Ljubljana, Slovenia Ljubljana Jazz Festival
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Archie Shepp, tenor saxophone Amir ElSaffar, trumpet Reggie Workman, double bass Nasheet Waits, drums Jason Moran, piano More information
06/27/17 Ole Mathisen – Floating Points Rochester, NY Rochester Jazz Festival
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Ole Mathisen – tenor sax, Amir ElSaffar – trumpet, Bobby Avey – piano, Gregg August – bass
06/22/17 Ole Mathisen – Floating Points New York, NY Jazz Gallery
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Ole Mathisen – tenor sax, Amir ElSaffar – trumpet, Bobby Avey – piano, Gregg August – bass
06/16/17 Rivers of Sound LP Release performance New York, NY River to River Festival
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
05/12/17 - 06/12/17 Amir ElSaffar – Composition Residency Cassis, France Camargo Foundation
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
05/06/17 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble New York, NY Bang on a Can
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
04/29/17 Alwan Ensemble New Paltz, NY Dorsky Museum SUNY
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
03/31/17 Amir ElSaffar Solo Cairo, Egypt D-CAF Festival
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
03/30/17 Project 99 Cairo, Egypt D-CAF Festival
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
03/25/17 Amir ElSaffar and Rivers of Sound Orchestra Muscat, Oman Royal Opera House
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
03/22/17 Catherine Christer Hennix & Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage Berlin, Germany MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Amir ElSaffar, trumpet Paul Schwingenschlögl, trumpet, flugelhorn Robin Hayward, microtonal tuba Hilary Jeffery, trombone Elena Kakaliagou, French horn Stefan Tiedje, sound direction & computer programming More information
03/19/17 Amir ElSaffar Solo Grenoble, France Festival Detours de Babel
Time: 5:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
03/18/17 Project 99 Grenoble, France Festival Detours de Babel
Time: 2:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
03/03/17 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble College Park, MD The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
Tour: Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble in Belgium
02/25/17 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Mechelen, Belgium Nona
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
02/24/17 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Brugge, Belgium De Werf
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
02/23/17 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Gent, Belgium De Bijloke
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
02/02/17 - 02/12/17 Amir ElSaffar – Composition Residency Cassis, France Camargo Foundation
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
02/02/17 - 02/12/16 Amir ElSaffar New York, New York Fridman Art Gallery
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 287 Spring Street. More information
01/31/17 Ragamala Dance company: Written in Water (music composed by Amir ElSaffar) Rochester, MI Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine
Time: 10:30am. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
01/29/17 Ragamala Dance company: Written in Water (music composed by Amir ElSaffar) Minneapolis, MN The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
Time: 2:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
01/27/17 - 01/28/17 Ragamala Dance company: Written in Water (music composed by Amir ElSaffar) Minneapolis, MN The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
Tour: Hyper + Amir ElSaffar Italy Tour
01/13/17 - 01/19/17 Hyper + Amir ElSaffar TBA TBA
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
01/13/17 - 01/19/16 Hyper + Amir ElSaffar TBA TBA
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
01/09/17 Amir ElSaffar New York, New York Fridman Art Gallery
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 287 Spring Street.
12/02/16 Ole Mathisen – Floating Points New York, NY Spectrum
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Ole Mathisen – tenor sax, Amir ElSaffar – trumpet, Bobby Avey – piano, Gregg August – bass
11/21/16 Amir ElSaffar and People of the Wind Berlin, Germany KK19
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
11/20/16 CUL-DE-SAC + ELSAFFAR / KAKALIAGOU / TAVIL Berlin, Germany ACUD MACHT NEU
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. More information
11/19/16 Tonaliens Berlin, Germany ausland
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Amelia Cuni – dhrupad singing Werner Durand – invented wind instruments Robin Hayward – microtonal tuba, tuning vine Hilary Jeffery – trombone Ralf Meinz – sound, live electronics Special guest: Amir Elsaffar – trumpet More information
11/18/16 ZINC & COPPER play BRASS MAQAM Berlin, Germany PAUL GERHARDT KIRCHE
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Amir ElSaffar – trumpet Yorgos Dimitriadis – percussion Robin Hayward – microtonal tuba Hilary Jeffery – trombone Elena Kakaliagou – french horn Paul Schwingenschlögl – flugel horn More information
11/11/16 Archie Shepp’s Tribute to John Coltrane feat. Darryl Hall, Jason Moran, Nasheet Waits & Amir ElSaffar Heidelberg, Germany Enjoy Jazz
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
11/05/16 Alwan Arab Music Ensemble New York, NY Unitarian Church of All Souls
Time: 7:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 80th Street and Lexington Avenue Reidy Friendship Hall. More information
10/29/16 Ragamala Dance company: Written in Water Northridge, CA Valley Performing Arts Center
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge.
10/22/16 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble London, UK Nour Festival
Time: 9:45pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
10/19/16 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Istanbul, Turkey AkBank Jazz Festival
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
10/15/16 Rivers Of Sound Minneapolis, MN Walker Arts Center
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1750 Hennepin Avenue.
10/14/16 Rivers Of Sound Brooklyn, NY Pionner Works
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook.
10/07/16 Ragamala Dance Company: Written in Water WORLD PREMIERE Tallahassee, FL Florida State University
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Written In Water World Premiere More information
10/01/16 - 10/06/16 Ragamala Dance company: Written in Water Tallahassee, FL Florida State University
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Written In Water Residency More information
09/24/16 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Chicago, IL Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
09/17/16 Project 99 Royaumont, France Royaumont Abbey
Time: 8:00pm.
Tour: Dominik Bukowski Quartet Poland Tour
08/28/16 Dominik Bukowski Quartet Świdnica Jazz na Starówce
Time: 6:00pm. Address: Rynek 43.
08/27/16 Dominik Bukowski Quartet Warsaw 12on14 Jazz Club
Time: 8:30pm. Address: ul. Noakowskiego 16.
08/26/16 Dominik Bukowski Quartet Gdańsk Gdańskie Noce Jazsowe
Time: 7:00pm. Address: Teatr Leśny (Gdańsk Wrzeszcz).
08/25/16 Dominik Bukowski Quartet Nidzica Nidzica Castle
Time: 7:00pm.
08/16/16 - 08/22/16 Teaching Residency – Intersections: Jazz and Maqam Royaumont, France Royaumont Abbey
Time: 8:00pm.
08/02/16 - 08/07/16 Teaching Residency at the Banff Music Centre Banff, Alberta Banff Music Centre
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
07/24/16 - 07/31/16 Ragamala Dance company: Written in Water Minneapolis, MN Ragamala Dance Company
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Written In Water Residency More information
07/22/16 Project 99 Avignon, France Festival d’Avignon
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
07/16/16 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Woodstock, NY Jazz at the Maverick, Maverick Concerts
Time: 8:00pm. More information
07/14/16 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble New York, NY Jazz Gallery
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
Tour: Hyper + Amir ElSaffar Italy Tour
07/10/16 Hyper + Amir ElSaffar Italy Tour Oderzo TBD Oderzo
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
07/09/16 Hyper + Amir ElSaffar Italy Tour Pisa Pisa Jazz
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Argini e Margini Scalo dei Renaioli, Lungarno G.Galilei. Related post.
07/08/16 Amir ElSaffar + Elettrofoscari Large Ensemble Mogliano Veneto, Italy Sile Jazz
Time: 8:00pm. More information
07/04/16 AlefBa Marseille, France Festival de Marseille
Time: 9:00pm.
07/03/16 Karim Baggili Trio featuring Amir ElSaffar Brussels, Belgium Musiq’3 Festival
Time: 6:30pm. w/ Karim Baggily, oud
07/02/16 “Ashwaaq” by Amir ElSaffar with Quatour Tana with Khaled El Hafez Brussels, Belgium Musiq’3 Festival
Time: 4:30pm.
06/26/16 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Athens, Greece Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Time: 8:00pm.
05/30/16 - 06/09/16 Marc Nammour / Abdullah Miniawy Residency Royaumont, France Royaumont Abbey
Time: 8:00pm. Residency/Recording with the Marc Nammour/Abdullah Miniawi Project
05/28/16 Rajas Project New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 16 Beaver Street. w/ Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam), Anjna Swaminathan (violin) Miles Okazaki (guitar), Maria Grand (tenor saxophone) More information
05/22/16 Amir ElSaffar and Sam Shalabi Duo Philadelphia, PA House Gallery 1816
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1816 Frankford Ave.
05/13/16 Amir ElSaffar Trio New York, NY Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue.
05/10/16 - 05/12/16 Ragamala Dance company: Written in Water Minneapolis, MN Ragamala Dance Company
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Written In Water Residency More information
05/08/16 Hyper + Amir ElSaffar Vicenza, Italy Vicenza Jazz Festival
Time: 8:00pm. w/Nicola Fazzini (alto sax), Alessandro Fedrigo (electric bass), Luca Colussi (drums)
05/03/16 Alwan Ensemble // Ashwaaq String Quartet Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center
Time: 8:00pm. More information
04/30/16 Amir ElSaffar- Rivers of Sound Large Ensemble Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center
Time: 8:00pm. More information
04/22/16 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Bremen, Germany Jazz Ahead
Time: 8:00pm.
04/15/16 Amir ElSaffar- Rivers of Sound Large Ensemble Cleveland, OH The Cleveland Museum of Art
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 11150 East Boulevard. More information
04/13/16 Fabrizio Cassol Brooklyn, NY Barbes
Time: 8:00pm. Fabrizio Cassol w/ Amir ElSaffar, Miles Okazaki, Anthony Tidd, and Kush Abadey.
04/09/16 Amir ElSaffar- Rivers of Sound Large Ensemble Philadelphia, PA The Kimmel Center – Perelman Theater
Time: 8:00pm. Rivers of Sound by Amir El Saffar is a new work for a 17-musician ensemble featuring traditional instruments from across North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, including the oud (lute), qanun (plucked zither), santur (hammered-dulcimer), nay (reed flute), as well as Western instruments, such as saxophone, trumpet, drum set, bass, retuned piano, vibraphone, guitar, and vocalists from corresponding traditions. Rivers of Sound consists of composed melodies, forms, and rhythmic formulas but is performed in an improvisational fashion, fostering variations on the musical material and spontaneous interaction between musicians. The large ensemble’s combination of instruments, each with distinct timbral properties, allows for the emergence of new sonic textures and nuanced interaction between musicians, completely unique to each performance. Individual sounds disappear into the larger sound of the whole ensemble, forming a collective, “human” voice. More information
03/30/16 Amir ElSaffar, solo trumpet Venice, Italy Incroci di Civiltà (Crossroads of Civilizations)
Time: 8:00pm.
03/18/16 Dominik Bukowski Quartet Gdansk, Poland Jazz Jantar Festival
Time: 8:00pm.
03/10/16 Tareq Abboushi Group Ramallah, Palestine Jasmine Festival – Edward Said National Conservatory
Time: 8:00pm.
03/06/16 Amir ElSaffar and Friends w/ Tareq Abboushi Ramallah, Palestine Jasmine Festival – Edward Said National Conservatory
Time: 8:00pm.
03/05/16 Amir ElSaffar and Friends w/ Tareq Abboushi Nablus, Palestine Edward Said National Conservatory
Time: 8:00pm.
02/29/16 - 03/01/16 Jamie Baum Septet Brooklyn, NY Systems Two
Recording Session w/ Jamie Baum Septet+
02/28/16 Amir ElSaffar and Okkyung Lee – solos and duo Brooklyn, NY Issue Project Rooom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $15.00. Address: 22 Boerum Place.
02/27/16 Jamie Baum Septet Wilton, CT Wilton Library – The Brubeck Room
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 137 Old Ridgefield Road. Venue phone: (203) 762-3950. More information
02/26/16 Jamie Baum Septet New York, NY Cornelia Street Cafe
Time: 9:00pm. Box office: 212-989-9319. Address: 29 Cornelia Street. Venue phone: 212.989.9319. Jamie Baum- flutes,  Amir ElSaffar – trumpet Sam Sadigursky – alto sax/bass clarinet Chris Komer – French horn Brad Shepik – guitar,  John Escreet – piano Zack Lober – bass,  Jeff Hirshfield – drums More information
02/24/16 Amir ElSaffar Trio Brooklyn, NY Happy Lucky No. 1
Time: 8:00pm. Venue phone: http://www.happyluckyno1.com. w/Ole Mathisen and TBD More information
02/09/16 - 02/14/16 Marc Nammour / Abdullah Miniawy Residency Royaumont, France Royaumont Abbey
Time: 2:30pm. Residency with the Marc Nammour/Abdullah Miniawi Project
01/20/16 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Newark, NJ Rutgers University – John Cotton Dana Library
Time: 2:30pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 185 University Avenue. Venue phone: 973-353-5161. Presented by The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers. More information
Tour: Alwan For The Arts: Tarab Edition
01/17/16 Safaafir Iraqi Maqam Ensemble New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 5:00pm. Admission: $30 General // $25 Students, Seniors, Members. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 646.732.3261. Address: 16 Beaver Street. Alwan for the Arts presents: TARAB EDITION: CLASSICAL AND FOLK REPERTOIRE OF THE ARAB WORLD Featuring: George Ziadeh & Zafer Tawil Duo — Music of Umm Kulthum Safaafir — Iraqi Maqam and Pesta Tareq Abboushi — Solo Buzuq improvisations Yousif Yaseen — Contemporary and traditional Kuwaiti songs Abdulrahman Al Akhfash — Songs of Yemen Alwan Ensemble — Classics from Aleppo, Baghdad, and Cairo More information
Tour: NYC Winter Jazzfest
01/16/16 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble New York, NY Subculture
Time: 9:40pm. Address: 45 Bleecker St. Presented as part of NYC Winter Jazzfest More information
01/15/16 Alwan For The Arts: Fifth Annual Maqam Fest New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $30 General // $25 Students, Seniors, Members. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 646.732.3261. Address: 16 Beaver Street. Amir ElSaffar, curator Alwan for the Arts and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance present Maqam Fest 2016, featuring six ensembles performing the language of maqam in varied musical styles. 4th Floor Dolunay: 7:45 pm -8:30 pm Tareq Abboushi’s Shusmo Reunion: 8:45 pm – 9:30 pm Crimean Tatar Ensemble: 9:45 pm -10:30 pm 6th Floor Newpoli: 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm Abdoulaye Diabate: 9:00 pm -9:45 pm Kiran Ahluwalia: 10:00 pm -10:45 pm More information
01/14/16 Jamie Baum Septet New York, NY Greenwich House Music School
Time: 7:00pm.
11/30/15 AlefBa Constantine, Algeria Dimajazz
Time: 8:00pm.
11/26/15 Four Corners Quartet Luzern, Switzerland JazzKantine
Time: 8:00pm. Joachim Badenhorst – clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone (BE), Amir El Saffar – trumpet, voice (US/IRAQ), Mark Helias – bass (US), Gerry Hemingway (US/CH) More information
11/24/15 Hyper + Amir ElSaffar Trieste, Italy Circolo del Jazz Thelonious
Time: 9:00pm.
11/22/15 Hyper + Amir ElSaffar Zero Branco, Italy Soloqui
Time: 6:00pm.
11/20/15 Hyper + Amir ElSaffar Corciano, Italy Ricomincio Da Tre Music Club
Time: 10:00pm.
11/19/15 Amir ElSaffar + Elettrofoscari Large Ensemble Venice, Italy MusiCa foscari/ San Servolo Jazz Fest
Time: 9:00pm.
11/18/15 Hyper + AmirElSaffar Correzzola, Italy Cockney London Pub
Time: 9:00pm.
11/16/15 Hyper + AmirElSaffar Ferrara, Italy JAZZ CLUB FERRARA
Time: 9:00pm.
11/13/15 Hyper + AmirElSaffar Pisa, Italy Exwide
Time: 9:00pm.
11/10/15 - 11/17/15 Amir ElSaffar Residency Venice, Italy MusiCa foscari/ San Servolo Jazz Fest
Time: 11:00am.
11/10/15 Hyper + AmirElSaffar Verona, Italy Le Cantine de l’Arena
Time: 9:00pm.
11/08/15 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Amsterdam, The Netherlands Bimhuis
Time: 8:00pm. More information
11/07/15 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands November Music Festival
Time: 7:00pm. More information
11/07/15 Ashwaaq, music by Amir ElSaffar ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands November Music Festival
Time: 4:00pm. Tarjuman al Ashwaq (Interpreter of Desires) Poetry by Ibn Al Arabi Music by Amir ElSaffar More information
11/06/15 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Brussels, Belgium Recyclart
Time: 8:00pm. Address: Gare Bruxelles-Chapelle 25, Rue des Ursulines 1000 Bruxelles. Venue phone: +32 2 502 57 34. More information
11/01/15 Amir ElSaffar Berlin, Germany JazzKeller
Time: 11:00am. MAQAM WORKSHOP at GLOBAL MUSIC ACADEMY 11am-5pm followed by a concert starting at 6pm. Part 1 (30minutes) Intersections: Maqam and Jazz Improvisation – workshop presentation Part 2 (30 minutes) Amir ElSaffar – trumpet, santur, voice Cymin Samawatie – voice
10/30/15 Amir ElSaffar Trio Berlin, Germany JazzKeller
Time: 9:00pm. Amir ElSaffar – trumpet, santur, voice Paul Schwingenschlögl – trumpet, flugelhorn Zafer Tawil – oud, percussion
10/30/15 Amir ElSaffar Trio Berlin, Germany JazzKeller
Time: 8:30pm. Amir ElSaffar – trumpet, santur, voice Paul Schwingenschlögl – trumpet, flugelhorn Percussion TBD
10/28/15 Amir ElSaffar with Guests Berlin, Germany SOWIESO
Time: 8:30pm. Amir Elsafar – trumpet, santur, voice. Hilary Jeffery – trombone Meinrad Kneer – double bass Paul Schwingenschlögl – trumpet, flugelhorn Sebastian Flaig – darabuka
10/27/15 Amir ElSaffar with Guests Berlin, Germany Wendel
Time: 8:30pm. Anthony Burr – bass clarinet Amir ElSaffar – trumpet Philipp Gerschlauer – alto sax Hilary Jeffery – trombone Claudio Puntin – clarinets Andre Vida – tenor sax
10/25/15 ZINC & COPPER play BRASS MAQAM Berlin, Germany PAUL GERHARDT KIRCHE
Time: 8:30pm. Amir ElSaffar – trumpet Robin Hayward – microtonal tuba Hilary Jeffery – trombone Elena Kakaliagou – french horn Paul Schwingenschlögl – flugel horn More information
10/25/15 ZINC & COPPER WORKS play BRASS MAQAM Berlin, Germany PAUL GERHARDT KIRCHE
Time: 8:00pm. Amir ElSaffar – trumpet Robin Hayward – microtonal tuba Hilary Jeffery – trombone Elena Kakaliagou – french horn Paul Schwingenschlögl – flugel horn
10/14/15 - 10/22/15 Ragamala Dance company: Written in Water Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates New York University – Abu Dhabi
Time: 8:00pm. Address: http://www.nyuad-artscenter.org/. Part of the “Written in Water Residency” with Ragamala
10/08/15 AlefBa Rome, Italy TBA
Time: 8:00pm.
10/06/15 AlefBa Brussels, Belgium KVS
Time: 8:00pm.
09/26/15 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Toronto, Canada Aga Khan Museum
Time: 8:00pm. More information
09/25/15 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble New Haven, CT Firehouse 12
Time: 8:00pm. More information
09/24/15 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Springfield, MA Community Music School of Springfield
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 127 State St..
09/20/15 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Chicago, IL Chicago Cultural Center
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: Free. Presented as part of the Chicago World Music Festival
09/19/15 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Chicago, IL Constellation
Time: 8:00pm.
09/17/15 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble New York, NY Peter Norton Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 1881 Broadway, 3rd Floor. Amir ElSaffar’s Two Rivers Ensemble celebrates the release of its third CD, Crisis, on Pi Recordings. Crisis chronicles the continuing development of trumpeter Amir ElSaffar’s critically acclaimed Two Rivers 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 is his reflection on a region in turmoil and strife: revolution, civil war, sectarian violence; a culture’s struggle for survival. The result is passionate and visceral, a cry from the heart. Crisis was commissioned by the Newport Jazz Festival, where at its 2013 première, it made a clear emotional connection to the audience, receiving a rousing standing ovation after just the first piece. Driving and to the point, ElSaffar’s music is beyond categorization not jazz, world music or any facile fusion thereof but a world unto its own.
08/16/15 - 08/22/15 Amir ElSaffar- Teaching Residency Royaumont, France Royaumont Abbey
Time: 8:00pm. More information
07/19/15 Amir ElSaffar Eisenach, Germany Wandelhalle – Theater Eisenach
Time: 8:00pm. Concert entitled: 1001 Nacht – Träume des Orients Special concert featuring Amir’s piece “Hijaz Variations” for chamber orchestra commissioned by Morgenland Festival.
07/17/15 Amir ElSaffar with Guests Berlin, Germany Katz & Bach Galerie Richter
Time: 9:00pm. More information
07/16/15 Amir ElSaffar with Guests Berlin, Germany SOWIESO
Time: 9:00pm. IMPROVERSAL SOULS Amir Elsaffar – trumpet Hilary Jeffery – trombone Fabiano Lima – percussion Joao De Alencar Rego – percussion Max Weissenfeldt – drums
07/12/15 - 07/14/15 Amir ElSaffar with Guests Berlin, Germany Bonobo Bar at Greenhouse
Time: 9:00pm. Address: Gottlieb Dunkel Straße 43-44, 12099. More information
07/10/15 Güç Başar Gülle ft. Amir ElSaffar Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul Jazz Festival
Time: 9:30pm. Güç Başar Gülle is renowned for his profound knowledge in Ottoman-Turkish music as well as in classical-jazz music that manifests itself in his genuine musical language and highly creative projects. Güç Başar Gülle’s band with Volkan Hürsever along other musicians will also feature trumpeter Amir ElSaffar. More information
07/09/15 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul Jazz Festival
Time: 7:30pm. This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. www.midatlanticarts.org
06/10/15 Amir ElSaffar Big Indian, NY Creative Music Studio (CMS) Spring Workshop
Time: 6:00pm. ElSaffar will be a guiding artist at this workshop open to musicians and non-musicians. Other artists include Steven Bernstein, Warren Smith, Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso. More information
05/30/15 Jamie Baum Septet New York, NY The Jazz Gallery
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 290 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013. Venue phone: 212-242-1063. Sets at 8pm and 10pm $22 / $12 members More information
05/12/15 Aka Moon w/ Fabrizio Cassol Bruxelles, France Cirque Royal
Time: 8:00pm.
04/18/15 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble Philadelphia, PA The Kimmel Center- SEI Innovation Studio
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 300 S. Broad Street. Performance followed by a talk-back with the audience.
04/16/15 Amir ElSaffar- Rivers of Sound Large Ensemble New York, NY David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: Free. Address: Broadway at 62nd Street. World Premiere More information
04/03/15 ORACION Project Rouen, France HANGAR 23
Time: 8:00pm. Featuring “Ashwaaq,” for String Quartet, santur, and vocal with Quatour Tana and Khaled ElHafiz
03/06/15 Safaafir Iraqi Maqam Ensemble Dearborn, Michigan Arab American National Museum
Time: 8:00pm.
02/28/15 Amir ElSaffar and Heather Raffo- Sounds of Desire Nashville, TN Belmont University
Time: 6:00pm. More information
02/13/15 Amir ElSaffar New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 16 Beaver Street. Preview Performance: The Thousand and One Nights, part of The Expressions of Tarab Series More information
02/12/15 Amir ElSaffar Quintet/ Rudresh Mahanthappa “Gamak” Easton, Pennsylvania Lafayette College
Time: 8:00pm. More information
01/30/15 The Amir ElSaffar Quintet New York, NY Jazz and Colors @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Time: 6:00pm. More information
01/24/15 Ashwaaq, music by Amir ElSaffar New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 16 Beaver Street. As part of the Expressions of Tarab series, George Ziadeg and a string quartet will play Tarjuman al-Ashwaaq composed by Amir ElSaffar and featuring poetry by Ibn Al Arabi . The program also includes “Roba’eyat el-Khayyam” by Riadh ElSunbati. George Ziadeh, vocal Layth Al-Rubaye – violin Navid Kandalousi – violin Naseem Atrash, cello Eylem Basaldi, viola More information
01/09/15 Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 10:20pm. Address: 16 Beaver Street. Presented as part of Maqam Fest
01/09/15 Alwan Arab Music Ensemble New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 8:20pm. Address: 16 Beaver Street. Presented as part of Maqam Fest
01/09/15 Amir ElSaffar- APAP Panel New York, NY APAP World Music Pre-Conference-NYC Midtown Hilton
Time: 10:00am. Address: 1335 Avenue of the Americas. ElSaffar will be a speaker in the APAP World Music Pre-Conference Panel: “Community Innovations: Homegrown Methods for Engaging Audiences Beyond Entertainment” along with Kaisha S. Johnson, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and Njia Kai, African World Festival, Detroit, moderated by Dmitri Vietze, rock paper scissors
11/22/14 Amir ElSaffar with Guests Honolulu, Hawaii Shangri La Center For Islamic Arts and Cultures
Time: 5:00pm. Address: 4055 Papu Circle. This concert is presented in conduction with Amir ElSaffar’s residency at The Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures. Ikhlaq Hussein on sitar and TBA on tabla
11/20/14 Amir ElSaffar with Guests Honolulu, HI Honolulu Museum of Art- Doris Duke Theatre
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 900 S Beretania St. This concert is presented in conduction with Amir ElSaffar’s residency at The Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures. Ikhlaq Hussein on sitar and TBA on tabla
11/10/14 - 11/24/14 Artist-in-Residence Honolulu, Hawaii Shangri La Center For Islamic Arts and Cultures
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 4055 Papu Circle.
11/08/14 Amir ElSaffar and Farida with guests Montreal, Canada Festival Du Monde Arabe de Montreal
Time: 8:00pm.
11/01/14 Amir ElSaffar with Navid Kandelousi New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 16 Beaver Street. More information
10/24/14 Jamie Baum Septet New York, NY The Jazz Gallery
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 290 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013. Venue phone: 212-242-1063.
10/18/14 A Benefit Concert for c3, the Content Creators Coalition Brooklyn, NY Roulette
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 509 Atlantic Avenue. Venue phone: 917-267-0263. Featuring: John Zorn, Eric Slick (Dr Dog), Steve Coleman, Marc Ribot, Henry Grimes, Amir ElSaffar, Marina Rosenfeld, Trevor Dunn, Brandon Seabrook, Satomi Matsuzaki (Deerhoof), and friends. The event will also feature a short screening of highlights from Michael Count Eldridge’s upcoming documentary film “Unsound”. More information
10/09/14 Rajas Project North Bethesda, Maryland Strathmore Mansion
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 5301 Tuckerman Lane. Rajna Swaminathan, mrudangam, compositions Amir ElSaffar, trumpet, santur Anjna Swaminathan, violin Rafiq Bhatia, guitar More information
09/25/14 Alwan Arab Music Ensemble New York, NY United Nations
Time: 8:00pm. Private Event
09/14/14 ORACION Project Royaumont, France Royaumont Abbey
Time: 8:00pm. More information
09/13/14 Fabrizio Cassol and SivaRaman Royaumont, France Royaumont Abbey
Time: 8:00pm. More information
09/07/14 - 09/13/14 Amir ElSaffar Residency Royaumont, France Royaumont Abbey
Time: 7:00pm. Residency with Fabrizio Cassol, Sivaraman, Misirli Ahmet, Stephane Galland More information
09/06/14 Amir ElSaffar with Guests Berlin, Germany Kühl Spot Social Club
Time: 8:00pm. Address: Lehderstrasse 74-79 (Hinterhof links). Thomas Finke – piano Jan Roder – bass Paul Schwingenschlögl – trumpet, flugel horn Jan Roder – bass + guests: Amir ElSaffar – trumpet Hilary Jeffery – trombone More information
09/05/14 Amir ElSaffar with Guests Berlin, Germany K77 (Lichtblik Kino)
Time: 9:00pm. Address: Kastanien Allee 77. Amir ElSaffar – trumpet, Robin Hayward – microtonal tuba, tuning vine, Hilary Jeffery – trombone, Omar Dewachi – oud
09/04/14 Amir ElSaffar with Guests Berlin, Germany MaThilda
Time: 9:00pm. Address: Wildenbruchstraße 68 12045 Neukölln. Featuring- Tony Buck – drums, Amir ElSaffar – trumpet, Mike Majkowski – bass, Hilary Jeffery – trombone, Paul Schwingenschlögl – trumpet, flugel horn More information
09/03/14 Amir ElSaffar with Guests Berlin, Germany t Berlin
Time: 8:30pm. Address: Fidicinstrasse 38. “Sonic Krause #2” Set 1:Mike Majkowski – double bass solo Set 2: Amir ElSaffar – trumpet & Omar Dewachi – oud Set 3: Hannes Buder – guitar, Amir ElSaffar – trumpet, Omar Dewachi – oud, Hilary Jeffery – trombone More information
09/02/14 Amir ElSaffar with Guests Berlin, Germany MaThilda
Time: 9:00pm. Address: Wildenbruchstraße 68 12045 Neukölln. Featuring: Amir ElSaffar – trumpet, Robin Hayward, microtonal tuba, Omar Dewachi – oud, Paul Schwingenschlögl – trumpet, flugel horn More information
08/30/14 AlefBa Tournai, Belgium Festival du Wallonie-Hainaut
Time: 9:00pm. More information
08/29/14 Amir ElSaffar Quintet Saalfelden, Austria Saalfelden International Jazz Festival
Time: 8:00pm. More information
08/23/14 ORACION Project Arc-Et-Sedans, France Saline Royale d’Arc et Senans
Time: 6:00pm. Performance of “Ashwaq” for string quartet and voice More information
08/13/14 Iraqi Maqam Duo with Omar Dewachi Philadelphia, PA The Random Tea House
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 713 n. 4th st.. More information
08/12/14 Zikrayat Long Island City, NY Live at the Gantries- Gantry Plaza State Park
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: Free. Address: 49th Avenue and Center Blvd. More information
08/11/14 Rajas Project New York, NY Drive East Festival- La Mama
Time: 6:00pm. Address: First Floor Theater 74A East 4th Street (btw Bowery & 2nd Ave).
08/10/14 Amir ElSaffar Quintet New York, NY Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Time: 4:00pm. Admission: Free with Museum Admission. Address: 212 West 83rd Street. A concert in conjunction with the summer jazz exhibit ” Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street.”
08/09/14 Zikrayat Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Public Library @ Macon
Time: 2:00pm. Address: 361 Lewis Ave. at Macon Street. More information
08/08/14 Amir ElSaffar Quintet New York, NY The Rubin Museum of Art
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 150 W 17th Street. Venue phone: (212) 620-5000.
08/01/14 Amir ElSaffar Quintet Newport, RI Newport Jazz Festival
Time: 4:55pm. Address: Fort Adams State Park 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840. More information
07/31/14 Amir ElSaffar Quintet Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $20 Adv. | $25 Door. Address: 20 Center St. Venue phone: 01060.
07/24/14 AlefBa Avignon, France Festival d’Avignon
Time: 8:00pm.
07/24/14 ORACION Project Avignon, France Festival d’Avignon
Time: 8:00pm. More information
07/20/14 ORACION Project Avignon, France Festival d’Avignon
Time: 8:00pm. Premiere of “Ashwaq” for string quartet and voice More information
07/19/14 ORACION Project Aix-en-Provence, France Festival d’Aix
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: 25€ |15€. Premiere of “Ashwaq” for string quartet and voice More information
07/16/14 AlefBa Marseille, France MuCem
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: Free. Address: 1 esplanade du J4. Symposium and Discussion at the Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée More information
07/08/14 - 07/13/14 ORACION Residency Royaumont, France Royaumont Abbey
Time: 7:00pm. More information
06/28/14 Amir ElSaffar New Lebanon, NY The Abode
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $20. Box office: 518-794-8095. Address: 5 Abode Road. Amir ElSaffar will be joined by Omar Dewachi, an Iraqi/Canadian academic and musician based in Beirut, Lebanon as part of The Abode’s Divine Sound Series.
06/25/14 Amir ElSaffar Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Raga Massive – Art Cafe
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 884 Pacific Street.
06/21/14 Amir ElSaffar New York, NY WKCR Live Broadcast
Time: 10:00pm. Tune in to 89.9 FM at 10pm for a live broadcast of Amir ElSaffar on WKCR. You can also stream the show here: http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/wkcr/
06/01/14 AlefBa Cairo, Egypt Dcaf Festival
Time: 8:00pm.
05/24/14 Fathy Salama Chicago, IL Parkway Ballroom
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 4455 S King Dr. Venue phone: (773) 373-4320. More information
05/20/14 Fathy Salama Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music
Time: 10:30am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 4544 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60625. Venue phone: (773) 728-6000.
05/10/14 Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Brooklyn, NY Shapeshifter Lab
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 18 Whitwell Place. Venue phone: (646) 820-9452. More information
05/09/14 John Escreet Quartet New York, NY The Jazz Gallery
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 290 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013. Venue phone: 212-242-1063. John Escreet Quartet, with Amir ElSaffar – trumpet, François Moutin – bass, Tyshawn Sorey – drums More information
05/04/14 Columbia University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble New York, NY Columbia University:Union Theological Seminary
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: Free. Address: 3041 Broadway Avenue. More information
05/03/14 Fathy Salama New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $20 General | $15 for Students, Members and Seniors. Address: 16 Beaver Street. More information
04/30/14 International Jazz Day Concert and Jam Session Harlem, New York MIST
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $25 General Admission | $20 Jazz Museum Members. Address: 46 West 116th Street New York, NY 10026. Venue phone: 646·688·5886. In honor of International Jazz Day, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH) will illuminate the truly global roots of jazz with an international jam session hosted by Michael Mwenso featuring Amir ElSaffar, Oran Etkin and Kavita Shah. More information
04/23/14 Catherine Christer Hennix & Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage Brooklyn, NY Issue Project Rooom
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: Free. Address: 22 Boerum Place. Swedish-American artist Catherine Christer Hennix appears alongside her Berlin-based just intonation ensemble Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage as part of Ultima Festival New York. In their first-ever US performance the group premieres Blues Alif Lam Mim intended to reveal the blues’ origins in the eastern musical traditions of raga and maqam musics. The ensemble features Imam Ahmed Tüzer, Amir ElSaffar, Amirtha Kidambi and others. More information
04/22/14 Amir ElSaffar Harlem, New York National Jazz Museum in Harlem
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: Free. Address: 104 E. 126th Street New York, NY 10035. Venue phone: (212) 348-8300. Amir ElSaffar and discussant (TBA) will talk about Jazz and its confluence with strains of Middle Eastern music. More information
04/19/14 Gaida New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $20 General | $15 for Students, Members and Seniors. Address: 16 Beaver Street. Alwan for the Arts is happy to announce an evening of original and unique contemporary classical music by Syrian composer and violinist Zaid Jabri in collaboration with Amir ElSaffar and Kinan Azmeh and an accompanying String Trio. More information
04/17/14 Zaid Jabri New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $20 General | $15 Students, Members and Seniors. Address: 16 Beaver Street. Alwan for the Arts is happy to announce an evening of original and unique contemporary classical music by Syrian composer and violinist Zaid Jabri in collaboration with Amir ElSaffar and Kinan Azmeh and an accompanying String Trio. More information
04/04/14 AlefBa Brussels, Belgium Royal Flemish Theatre (KVS)
Time: 8:00pm.
03/15/14 Safaafir Detroit, MI Trinosophes
Time: 9:00pm. With Dena El Saffar, Tim Moore, and guests.
03/15/14 Safaafir Detroit, MI Detroit Public Library
Time: 1:00pm.
02/24/14 - 02/27/14 ORACION Project Royaumont, France Royaumont Abbey
Time: 9:00pm. Part one of Oracion Residency, which will premiere at the Aix and Avignion Festivals in July.
02/23/14 Ole Mathisen’s Outlier New York, NY Nublu
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 62 Ave C btwn 4th and 5th.
02/21/14 Jamie Baum Septet New York, NY The Jazz Gallery
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $20/$10. Address: 290 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013. Venue phone: 212-242-1063.
02/18/14 - 02/23/14 Alwan Interdisciplinary Ensemble Tarrytown, NY Rockefeller Estate
Time: 8:00pm.
02/16/14 Ole Mathisen’s Outlier New York, NY Nublu
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 62 Ave C btwn 4th and 5th. Microtonal Standards! With Francois Moutin, Julian Pollack, and Marko Djordjevic.
01/25/14 Safaafir New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $15. Address: 16 Beaver Street. Following “Broken Record,” a film by Parine Jaddo.
01/11/14 Jamie Baum Septet New York, NY The Bitter End
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $35. Part of 2014 Winter Jazz Fest. w/Brad Shepik, Francois Moutin, John Escreet, Doug Yates, Jeff Hirshfield.
01/10/14 Alwan Arab Music Ensemble New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $30. Address: 16 Beaver Street. Part of Alwan’s annual Maqam Fest, featuring seven bands on two stages.
Tour: Jamie Baum Septet CD Release
12/15/13 Jamie Baum Septet TBA TBA
Time: 8:00pm.
11/19/13 Jamie Baum Septet New York, NY The Jazz Standard
Time: 6:00pm. Address: 116 E. 27th Street (b/w Park and Lex) NYC 10016. Venue phone: 212-576-2232.
11/16/13 Jamie Baum Septet New Lyme, OH TBA
Time: 8:00pm.
11/15/13 Jamie Baum Septet New Haven, CT Firehouse 12
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $20. Age restrictions: All Ages.
11/14/13 Jamie Baum Septet Northampton, MA Northampton
Time: 8:00pm.
11/08/13 College of William and Mary Middle East Ensemble Williamsburg, VA College of William and Mary
Time: 8:00pm.
11/06/13 Galeet Dardashti New York, NY Baruch College
Time: 8:00pm.
11/05/13 The Sounds of Desire: Heather Raffo Lancaster, PA Millersville University
Time: 6:00pm.
11/03/13 Charbel Rouhana New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $25/$20. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 16 Beaver Street.
Tour: Amir ElSaffar CD Release tour
11/02/13 Amir ElSaffar Quintet New York, NY The Jazz Gallery
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $20/$10. Address: 290 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013. Venue phone: 212-242-1063.
11/01/13 Amir ElSaffar Quintet Dearborn, Michigan Arab American National Museum
Time: 8:00pm. Amir ElSaffar, trumpet; Ole Mathisen, tenor and soprano saxophones; Francois Moutin, bass; Dan Weiss, drums; John Escreet, piano
Tour: Salaam CD Release tour
10/26/13 Salaam New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $20. Address: 16 Beaver Street.
10/25/13 Salaam Washington, D.C. Busboys & Poets
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10.
Tour: Amir ElSaffar CD Release tour
10/18/13 Amir ElSaffar Quintet New Haven, CT Firehouse 12
Time: 8:00pm. Amir ElSaffar, trumpet; Ole Mathisen, tenor and soprano saxophone; John Escreet, piano; TBA bass, Dan Weiss, drums.
Tour: Salaam CD Release tour
10/09/13 Salaam Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: Free ($10 suggested donation). Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 4544 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60625. Venue phone: (773) 728-6000.
Tour: KAMA US Tour
10/06/13 KAMA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Painted Bride
Time: 6:00pm. Admission: $25/$30. Part of the French American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) program, featuring Sylvain Barou (wooden flute), Keyvan Chemirani (percussion), Amir ElSaffar (trumpet, dulcimer), Emmanuel H. During (violin, guitar, saz), Mavrothi Kontanis (oud).
10/04/13 - 10/05/13 KAMA New York, NY TBA
Time: 6:00pm.
Tour: Morgenland Concerts
10/01/13 Morgenland All Star Band Residency and Concerts Mulheim, Germany STADTHALLE MÜLHEIM
Time: 7:30pm.
09/28/13 Morgenland All Star Band Residency and Concerts Hannover, Germany NDR GROSSER SENDESAA
Time: 7:30pm.
09/27/13 Morgenland All Star Band Residency and Concerts Osnabrück, Germany St. Marien
Time: 5:30pm. Amir ElSaffar performs new work with chamber orchestra.
09/21/13 - 10/03/13 Morgenland All Star Band Residency and Concerts Osnabrück, Germany Morgenland Festival Osnabrück
Time: 10:00pm.
09/13/13 - 09/19/13 Ziad Rahbani TBA European Tour
Time: 8:00pm.
09/07/13 Alwan Arab Music Ensemble New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $20. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 16 Beaver Street. Mutennebi Project
08/03/13 Two Rivers Newport, RI Newport Jazz Festival
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $15-135. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Fort Adams State Park 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840. World Premiere performance w/Ole Mathisen, Zafer Tawil, Tareq Abboushi, Carlo DeRosa, Nasheet Waits
07/25/13 Ziad Rahbani Beirut, Lebanon Amphitheatre Romain
Time: 9:00pm. Zouk Mikael International Festival with Ziad Rahbani
07/14/13 AlefBa Marseille, France Museum of Mediterranean and European Civilizations
Time: 10:00pm. Panel discussion on AlefBa.
07/12/13 AlefBa Aix en Provence, France Festival d’Aix
Time: 10:00pm.
Tour: AlefBa Residency/Concerts
07/10/13 AlefBa Aix-en-Provence, France Festival International d’Aix-en-Provence
Time: 10:00pm. Admission: $10€/25€. Part of Festival D’aix-en-Provence
07/01/13 - 07/07/13 AlefBa Residency Royaumont, France Royaumont Abbey
Time: 8:00pm.
04/30/13 Amir ElSaffar Paris, France Baiser Salé
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 58 rue des Lombards / 75001 Paris.
04/28/13 Amir ElSaffar Brussels, Belgium Recyclart
Time: 8:00pm. Address: Gare Bruxelles-Chapelle 25, Rue des Ursulines 1000 Bruxelles. Venue phone: +32 2 502 57 34. Solo santur/trumpet/vocal performance, part of the Urban Rituals Festival.
04/27/13 Hamid Al-Saadi and Al-Chalghi Al-Baghdadi Paris, France Maison des Cultures du Monde
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 101 Bd Raspail – 75006 – Paris.
04/26/13 Hamid Al-Saadi and Al-Chalghi Al-Baghdadi Paris, France Maison des Cultures du Monde
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 101 Bd Raspail – 75006 – Paris.
Tour: Ziad Rahbani
04/23/13 Ziad Rahbani Kuwait City, Kuwait Private Event (Kuwait)
Time: 8:00pm.
04/19/13 Ziad Rahbani Beirut, Lebanon Royale Hotel
Time: 8:00pm.
04/18/13 Ziad Rahbani Beirut, Lebanon Royale Hotel
Time: 8:00pm.
04/12/13 Ziad Rahbani Beirut, Lebanon Royale Hotel
Time: 8:00pm.
04/11/13 Ziad Rahbani Beirut, Lebanon Royale Hotel
Time: 8:00pm.
04/10/13 Ziad Rahbani Beirut, Lebanon Royale Hotel
Time: 8:00pm.
03/26/13 Safaafir Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Public Library
Time: 8:00pm.
Tour: Eloquence: Iraqi Cultural Festival and Tour
03/23/13 Hamid Al-Saadi / Two Rivers Ensemble Ann Arbor, MI University Musical Society: Hill Auditorium
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $24-38. Venue phone: 734-764-2538. Part of Eloquence: Iraqi Cultural Festival and tour, presented by Alwan for the Arts (www.alwanforthearts.org).
03/22/13 Hamid Al-Saadi and Al-Chalghi Al-Baghdadi Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $25. Address: 4544 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60625. Venue phone: (773) 728-6000. Part of Eloquence: Iraqi Cultural Festival and Tour, presented by Alwan for the Arts (www.alwanforthearts.org), featuring Hamid Al-Saadi and Naseer Shamma
03/16/13 Hamid Al-Saadi and Al-Chalghi Al-Baghdadi New York City, NY St. John the Divine
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $25-50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1047 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10025. Venue phone: (212) 316-7540.
03/14/13 The Sounds of Desire: Heather Raffo Easton, Pennsylvania Lafayette College
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
03/09/13 Alwan Arab Music Ensemble New York, NY Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1000 5th Ave New York, NY 10028. Performing a new work by Amir ElSaffar, opening for renowned Iraqi Oud player Naseer Shamma, with his Al-Oyoun Ensemble from Egypt, part of Iraq Now, a festival of Iraqi Culture presented by the Metropolitan Museum and Alwan for the Arts.
01/13/13 The Amir ElSaffar Quintet New York, NY Zinc Bar
Time: 1:00am. Admission: $35 ($45 for 2-day pass). Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 82 West 3rd Street (btw Thompson & Sullivan) Greenwich Village. Venue phone: 212-477-ZINC. Part of Winter JazzFest 2013
01/11/13 Salaam / Alwan Ensemble New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $30. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 646-732-3261. Address: 16 Beaver Street. Part of Alwan’s second annual Maqam Fest, featuring six ensembles all performing in the Maqam style.
11/16/12 The Sounds of Desire: Heather Raffo Oslo, Norway Rumi Festival
Time: 8:00pm.
10/22/12 - 07/22/13 Relocated to Cairo for Music Research/Collaboration Cairo, Egypt Egypt
Time: 8:00pm.
10/16/12 Resonance Quintet New York, NY Cornelia Street Cafe
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10 cover + $10 food/drink minim. Address: 29 Cornelia Street. Venue phone: 212.989.9319. Double bill with traditional Iraqi maqam and new microtonal compositions.
10/14/12 Safaafir New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 5:00pm. Admission: $20 general | $15 students, seni. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 16 Beaver Street.
Tour: One Beat Residency Tour
10/06/12 One Beat Brooklyn, NY Autumn Bowl
Time: 8:00pm.
10/05/12 One Beat Brooklyn, NY Roulette
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 509 Atlantic Avenue. Venue phone: 917-267-0263.
10/04/12 One Beat Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
Time: 7:30pm.
10/03/12 One Beat Washington, D.C. Atlas Performing Arts Center
Time: 5:00pm.
10/02/12 One Beat Washington, D.C. Busboys & Poets
Time: 8:30pm.
09/29/12 One Beat Roanoke, V.A. Jefferson Center
Time: 8:00pm.
09/26/12 One Beat Charleston, SC Circular Church
Time: 8:00pm.
09/22/12 Ushaq New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $20|15 (students, members). Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 16 Beaver Street. Premiere of the Ushaq Ensemble, featuring Falu on vocal, Taoufiq Ben Amor on vocal and percussion, Zafer Tawil on percussion, and Hedayat Shafaeei on Persian Tar. The group will perform a cross-cultural blend of distinct, yet related, musical traditions. This concert is co-presented by the Asian American Arts Alliance (http://aaartsalliance.org/)
09/15/12 Safaafir Washington, DC Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 2700 F Street Northwest Washington, DC 20566. Venue phone: (202) 416-8000.
09/10/12 - 10/07/12 Amir ElSaffar at OneBeat Residency Multiple Cities, Florida Atlantic Center for the Arts / US Tour
Time: 8:00pm. Tour Dates to be announced soon!
09/08/12 Galeet Dardashti Brooklyn, NY Park Slope
Time: 9:00pm.
09/07/12 Alwan Arab Music Ensemble New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $20|15 (students, members). Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 16 Beaver Street.
08/25/12 Alwan Arab Music Ensemble New York, NY Private Event
Time: 8:00pm.
08/23/12 Salaam Bloomington, Indiana TBA
Time: 8:00pm.
08/22/12 Salaam Indianapolis, Indiana TBA
Time: 8:00pm.
08/09/12 Roberto Rodriguez’s Orchestra Sarabia Los Angeles, CA Skirball Cultural Center
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard 90049.
07/20/12 Rez Abbasi and Friends New York, NY Cornelia Street Cafe
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10 plus $10 minimum. Address: 29 Cornelia Street. Venue phone: 212.989.9319. New ensemble with Matt Pavolka on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on drums.
07/16/12 The Sounds of Desire: Heather Raffo Seaside, CA CSU Monterey Bay
Time: 8:00pm.
07/13/12 Hafez Modirzadeh Quintet New York, NY The Jazz Gallery
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $20 | $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 212-242-1063. Address: 290 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013. Venue phone: 212-242-1063. CD Release on Pi Recordings Hafez Modirzadeh, alto saxophone; Vijay Iyer, re-tuned piano; Royal Hartigan, drums; Ken Filiano, bass; Amir ElSaffar, trumpet;
06/30/12 Min Xiaofen Ensemble Queens, NY Queens Museum of Art
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: www.queensmuseum.org.
06/23/12 Amir ElSaffar New York, NY Private Event
Time: 8:00pm.
06/22/12 Two Rivers New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $20. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 16 Beaver Street.
06/21/12 Ibrahim Maalouf and Ensemble New York, NY Drom
Time: 10:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 85 Avenue A New York, NY 10009-6500. Venue phone: (212) 777-1157.
06/21/12 Alwan Arab Music Ensemble New York, NY United Nations – Make Music New York
Time: 6:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages.
06/18/12 Amir ElSaffar Washington DC Private Event
Time: 8:00pm.
06/16/12 Amir ElSaffar Louisville, KY Churchill Downs Racetrack
Time: 7:00pm. Desert Oasis Party
06/07/12 Iraqi folk and popular song class New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 6:00pm. Admission: $17-20. Address: 16 Beaver Street.
06/05/12 Microtonal Trumpet Workshop New York, NY Sam Ash
Time: 6:00pm. Admission: Free. Address: 155 W. 48th Street.
06/02/12 Amir ElSaffar New York, NY Private Event
Time: 2:00pm.
05/31/12 Iraqi folk and popular song class New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 6:00pm. Admission: $17-20. Address: 16 Beaver Street.
05/25/12 Amir ElSaffar Washington DC The Iraqi Cultural Center
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 1101 14th ST NW, Suite 710. Venue phone: 202-986-2626. Private Event
05/22/12 Amir ElSaffar Washington DC Private Event
Time: 6:00pm.
05/17/12 Roberto Rodriguez’s Orchestra Sarabia New York, NY David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: Free. Address: Broadway at 62nd Street. Zafer Taweel- Oud, Canun, Darbuka, Voice Igor Arias- Congas, Bongos, Voice Amir ElSaffar- Santoor, Trumpet, Voice Lefteris Bournias- Clarinet Megan Weeder Gould- Violin Hadar Noiberg- Ney, Flute Jennifer Vincent- Bass Tareq Abboushi- Bouzuk, Percussion, Voice Uri Sharlin- Accordion, Piano Roberto Rodriguez- Percussion, Composer
05/12/12 Two Rivers Washington DC The Iraqi Cultural Center
Time: 8:30pm. Address: 1101 14th ST NW, Suite 710. Venue phone: 202-986-2626.
05/11/12 Two Rivers Washington DC The Iraqi Cultural Center
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1101 14th ST NW, Suite 710. Venue phone: 202-986-2626.
05/04/12 The Amir ElSaffar Quintet New York, NY The Jazz Gallery
Time: 8:00am. Admission: $20. Address: 290 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013. Venue phone: 212-242-1063.
04/29/12 Amir ElSaffar New York, NY United Nations General Assembly
Time: 3:00pm. Speech on Jazz and Iraqi music (in Arabic) in commemoration of International Jazz Day. Invitees only.
04/22/12 Iraqi Maqam Class New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 1:00pm. Address: 16 Beaver Street.
04/19/12 Green Stop Start New York, NY Nublu
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 62 Ave C btwn 4th and 5th.
04/15/12 Alwan Arab Music Ensemble New York, NY Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Time: 2:30pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (212) 535-7710. Address: 1000 5th Ave New York, NY 10028. With the Alwan Ensemble, featuring George Ziadeh, Zafer Tawil, Tareq Abboushi, Sami Shumays, and Rami El-Asser. Part of the Sundays at the Met Program.
04/15/12 Iraqi Maqam Class New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 11:30am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 16 Beaver Street. This weekly class covers the repertoire of Iraqi classical music, known as Maqam, in addition to folk songs from rural areas of Iraq.
04/13/12 Green Stop Start Monmouth, NJ Rutgers University, Cook Campus Community Center
Time: 5:00pm. Private Event
04/07/12 Amir ElSaffar, Zafer Tawil, Tareq Abboushi with the Chinese Women’s String Ensemble New York, NY The China Institute
Time: 4:00pm.
03/18/12 Gaida New York, NY Cornelia Street Cafe
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $20. Address: 29 Cornelia Street. Venue phone: 212.989.9319.
03/18/12 Iraqi Maqam Class New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 1:30pm. Admission: $17-20. Box office: 917-697-2938. Address: 16 Beaver Street.
03/11/12 Iraqi Maqam Class New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 1:30pm. Admission: $17-20. Box office: 917-697-2938. Address: 16 Beaver Street.
03/04/12 Iraqi Maqam Class New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 1:30pm. Admission: $17-20. Box office: 917-697-2938. Address: 16 Beaver Street.
03/03/12 Ahmad Gamal with the Alwan Ensemble performing the music of Sayyed Darwish New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $20 | $15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (646) 732 3261. Address: 16 Beaver Street. Featuring: Tareq Abboushi: buzuq Sami Abushumays: violin Zafer Tawil: qanun Hadi Eldebek: oud Lety ElNaggar: nay Ramzi Eledlibi: percussion Johnny Farraj: percussion
02/21/12 Two Rivers New York, NY The Jazz Standard
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $20. Address: 116 E. 27th Street (b/w Park and Lex) NYC 10016. Venue phone: 212-576-2232. Ole Mathisen: tenor and soprano saxophone Tareq Abboushi: buzuq Zafer Tawil: oud and percussion Carlo DeRosa: bass Tyshawn Sorey: drums
02/18/12 Two Rivers Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia Arts Alliance
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 251 S 18th Street. Ole Mathisen: tenor saxophone Tareq Abboushi: buzuq Zafer Tawil: oud Carlo DeRosa: bass Tyshawn Sorey: drums
01/28/12 Gaida New York City Joe’s Pub
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $20. Address: 425 Lafayette Street 10003. With Tareq Abboushi, Zafer Tawil, Jennifer Vincent, George Dulin, Hector Morales
01/22/12 The Sounds of Desire: Heather Raffo Blacksburg, VA Squires Studio Theatre
Time: 3:00pm. Box office: 540-808-6504.
01/21/12 The Sounds of Desire: Heather Raffo Blacksburg, VA Squires Studio Theatre
Time: 8:00pm. Box office: 540-808-6504.
01/20/12 Danilo Pérez, Things to Come: 21st Century Dizzy West Lafayette, IN Loeb Playhouse, Purdue University
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $30 General, $22 Student/Child.

David Sánchez, tenor saxophone
Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone
Jamey Haddad, percussion
Ben Street, bass
Adam Cruz, drums
Amir ElSaffar, trumpet and voice

01/14/12 Safaafir Knoxville, KY Private Party
01/13/12 Two Rivers New York, NY Westin Times Square
Time: 2:15pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 270 West 43rd Street. Performing in a showcase as part of the annual Chamber Music America Conference.
01/12/12 Jamie Baum Septet New York, NY Cornelia Street Cafe
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $10 Admission, $10 minimum. Box office: http://corneliastreetcafe.com/Performances.asp?sdate=1/12/2012&from_cal=0. Address: 29 Cornelia Street. Venue phone: 212.989.9319.
01/06/12 Safaafir New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 9:30pm. Admission: $30 General, $25 Advance. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 16 Beaver Street. Part of Alwan Maqam Fest, featuring 6 top musical groups from the greater Middle East.
12/13/11 Amir ElSaffar New York, NY Charlotte’s Place
Time: 2:00am. Address: 109 Greenwich St.
12/12/11 Jamie Baum Septet Brooklyn, NY Roulette
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $15 General, $10 Members. Address: 509 Atlantic Avenue. Venue phone: 917-267-0263. Jamie Baum- flutes
Amir Elsaffar – trumpet
Douglas Yates – alto sax/bass clarinet
John Escreet – piano
Zack Lober – bass
Jeff Hirshfield – drums
Brad Shepik – guitar
Special guest Samir Chatterjee on tabla

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12/08/11 ResoNations telematic concert with students from NYU Washington Square and NYU Abu Dhabi campuses (via internet connection). New York, NY NYU
Time: 8:00pm. With support from Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations
12/04/11 Alwan Arab Music Ensemble New York, NY Alwan for the Arts
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $25 Suggested Donation. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 16 Beaver Street.

George Ziadeh, oud, vocals
Tareq Abboushi, buzuq, vocals
Sami Shumays, violin, vocals
Johnny Farraj, riqq, vocals
Zafer Tawil, qanun, violin, vocals
Amir ElSaffar, santur, vocals

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11/12/11 Jamey Haddad’s Arab Jazz Ensemble Toronto, Canada The Royal Conservatory
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $22-61. Age restrictions: All Ages. The Three Cohens featuring Anat Cohen and the Jamey Haddad Arab Jazz Ensemble
11/10/11 Jamie Baum Septet New York, NY Symphony Space
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $25/$30 $15 for under 30. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 95th street and Broadway. Jamie Baum Septet w/ Jeff Hirschfield, drums; Zack Lober, bass; Chris Komer, woodwinds; Matt Mitchell, piano; Zafer Tawil, percussion;   
11/05/11 Alwan Arab Music Ensemble New York, NY Great Hall Balcony at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Time: 5:00pm. Admission: Free with museum admission. Age restrictions: All Ages. George Ziadeh, oud, vocals; Tareq Abboushi, buzuq, vocals; Sami Shumays, violin, vocals; Johnny Farraj, riqq, vocals; Zafer Tawil, qanun, violin, vocals; and Amir ElSaffar, santur, vocals.
11/04/11 Hafez Modirzadeh Quintet San Francisco, CA Knuth Hall, San Francisco State University
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: General: $8 Student, faculty/sta. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1600 Holloway Ave, Creative Arts Building.
11/02/11 Amir ElSaffar with Mark Dresser, Sarah Weaver, Oliver Lake, Jane Ira Bloom, Michael Dessen, Nicole Mitchell, Joshua White, Ikue Mori, Tomas Ulrich New York, NY and San Diego, CA NYU Steinhardt School and UCSD Experimental Theater
Time: 10:00pm. Admission: NYU: free. UCSD: General: $15.50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 35 W. 4th Street, 6th Floor New York City. Telematic Concert in New York City and San Diego presented by the University of California, San Diego and NYU. 10pm Eastern Time, 7pm Pacific Time Contact for NYU event: sarahweaver@gmail.com
11/01/11 Two Rivers New York, NY Drom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10-15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (212) 777-1157. Address: 85 Avenue A New York, NY 10009-6500. Venue phone: (212) 777-1157. Amir ElSaffar: trumpet, santour, vocal Ole Mathisen: soprano and tenor saxophones Tareq Abboushi: buzuq Zafer Tawil: ‘oud, percussion Carlo DeRosa: bass Nasheet Waits: drums