Thursday, April 9, 2015

Jazz Appeciation Month at the Kimmel

Amir Elsaffar
Cultures Collide with Iraqi-American

 Jazz Innovator

 Amir ElSaffar  & The Two Rivers Ensemble

Performance in Perelman Theater, April 18

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts welcomes the Middle Eastern jazz sextet, Amir ElSaffar  & The Two Rivers Ensemble to SEI Innovation Studio on Wednesday, April 18, at 8 p.m. As part of the center’s jazz appreciation month, this program is a fusion  of improvisation, exploring traditional Middle Eastern influences featuring the oud, buzuqand and santur instruments. ElSaffar’s performance will feature work from the newest work, Crisis, scheduled to be released in the summer of 2015. The music is unique and explores  jazz forms from  Iraq, Turkey and Prussia. ElSaffar’s Two Rivers personifies his personal struggles as well as his feelings as an Iraqi American watching his father’s homeland in turmoil. ElSaffar is a Music Director at Alwan for the Arts, New York’s hub for Arab and Middle Eastern culture. He is also director of the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble of Columbia University where he likewise teaches jazz ensembles. Tickets for this performance are $23 and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1899, visiting online at and at the Kimmel Center box office at Broad & Spruce Streets (open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

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