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The Jazz Bakery
Los Angeles, CA
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Amir ElSaffar: trumpet
Hafez Modirzadeh: tenor saxophone
Mark Dresser: bass
TBA: drums?

Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar is an accomplished jazz and
classical trumpeter who has collaborated with various artists, including Cecil Taylor, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, and Daniel Barenboim.

In 2002, ElSaffar put his New York career on hold to immerse himself in the music of his father's ancestral past, the Iraqi maqam. He went on a tremendous quest, traveling to Iraq, throughout the Middle East and to Europe pursuing masters who could impart to him this centuries-old oral tradition. He quickly became versed in maqam, and learned to play the santoor (Iraqi hammered dulcimer) and to sing, and now leads the group, Safaafir, the only ensemble in the US performing Iraqi Maqam. He has also created new techniques for the trumpet that enable microtones and ornaments that are characteristic to Arabic music but are not typically heard on a trumpet.

This evening's performance is a more informal presentation of his trumpet compositions.



The Jazz Bakery
Los Angeles, CA 90034
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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