Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra
Date(s) - 04/12/2022
Walkers Art Center
“The music has a liquid quality: it’s full of momentum, but not in the way of a single moving thing. Instead, it seems to flow and spill across bounds.” —New York Times
In 2016 Iraqi American composer/multi-instrumentalist Amir ElSaffar brought his global big band the Rivers of Sound Orchestra to the McGuire Theater for one of the most masterful, ecstatic concerts in the theater’s history. Five years and a pandemic later, ElSaffar returns with his sonically diverse 17-member ensemble—a mix of traditional instruments from across North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia as well as Western jazz and classical instrumentation. Featuring remarkable players from around the world, the music builds from composed melodies and rhythms drawing from historic Iraqi Maqam musical forms in improvisational fashion.
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