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KC Jazz Club: Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble (part of DIRECT CURRENT)

Saturday, March 30, 2019

DIRECT CURRENT Jazz

DownBeat Magazine's Rising Star Trumpeter of the Year Amir ElSaffar weaves together Middle Eastern musical languages with jazz, pushing the boundaries of each tradition. His Two Rivers Ensemble’s unique fusion has won accolades from NPR to rowdy ovations at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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Iraqi American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar weaves together Middle Eastern musical languages with jazz, pushing the boundaries of each tradition. By mixing ornaments and microtones from traditional Arabic music with melodies and harmonies from the West, his Two Rivers Ensemble’s unique fusion has won accolades from NPR to rowdy ovations at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Part of the Kennedy Center’s DIRECT CURRENT celebration of contemporary culture