Amir ElSaffar

LONDON Kings Place (Hall One)
90 York Way
N1 9AG


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

(Jazz Times)

ElSaffar has moved beyond building bridges, his music has become the river.

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