Trumpet, Santour, Voice
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and vocalist Amir ElSaffar combines a background as a classically trained jazz trumpeter with microtonal techniques idiomatic to Arabic music. For his Pierre Boulez Saal debut, he presents two world-premiere programs: in the first set, ElSaffar’s trio, consisting of saxophonist Ole Mathisen and drummer Tomas Fujiwara with ElSaffar on trumpet, is joined by innovative Greek pianist Tania Giannouli, whose instrument will be re-tuned to create microtonal sounds. The evening’s second part, featuring sound artist Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch and ElSaffar on santur and vocals, explores the boundary between improvisation and composition with music that merges electro-acoustic ideas with traditional Iraqi maqam scales.
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