Avishai Cohen Trio with Shai Maestro, Mark Guiliana + Trish Clowes' My Iris
24 Nov 2018
LONDON Kings Place (Hall One)
90 York Way
The ecstatic fusion of Middle Eastern music and the jazz tradition lies at the heart and soul of a 17 piece ensemble that creates a bridge between cultures that is both musically absorbing and emotionally charged – the UK debut of perhaps the most fascinating new group to emerge in today’s transglobal music.
Iraqi-American trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer Amir ElSaffar has mastered these contrasting styles in Rivers of Sound, a group of musicians from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, with traditional instruments combining with a more familiar jazz language. Together, the group transcends established notions of style and convention, exploring improvisation and composition, the merging of musical languages, maqam and polyphony – and a sound that stirs the soul and lifts the spirit.
‘The idea is about fluidity: sounds flow into one another, overtones interact, as we come closer to a universal human sound’ (Amir ElSaffar)
Fresh, deep, intensely performed music - an organic amalgam
ElSaffar has moved beyond building bridges, his music has become the river.