Friday, August 01, 2008

Iraqi Jazz Concert in Chicago August 7

The full series press release is attached for your reference. You can hear some music samples here:


Amir ElSaffar’s Two Rivers Large Ensemble
Thursday, August 7, 6:30 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
Free admission

Chicago-born, Iraqi-American trumpeter and vocalist Amir ElSaffar (pictured) fuses traditional Iraqi Maqam music with modern jazz in a new work written for a 15-piece ensemble of Arabic and Western instrumentation. In this concert, ElSaffar contrasts the Iraqi modalities with the heavy grooves and free textures of jazz, while still maintaining the feeling of the blues. The ensemble includes Amir ElSaffar (trumpet, santoor, vocal); Jeff Parker (guitar); Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto saxophone); Zafer Tawil (‘ud, violin, percussion); Tareq Abboushi (buzuq); Jason Adacewicz (vibes); Jeb Bishop (trombone); Geof Bradfield (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet); Carlo DeRosa (bass); Dena ElSaffar (violin, viola, jowza); Naeif Rafah (nay); Nasheet Waits (drums); Wanees Zarour (buzuq, violin, riqq) and Mohammed Saleh.

(Other than Nasheet, Carlo, Tareq and Zafer, all of the musicians are either from, have lived in, or currently live in Chicago.) Full series press release attached for your reference.