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State of the Arts

Fri, Feb 9, 2018   5:00 PM

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This week on State of the Arts NYC we have Iraqi-American trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer Amir ElSaffar.

ElSaffar ​has mastered disparate musical styles and created a singular approach to combining aspects of Middle Eastern music with American jazz, extending the boundaries of each tradition.

ElSaffar’s ​Rivers of Sound ​orchestra presents​ ​17 musicians from a broad spectrum of traditions; together, the group creates an entirely new musical language that transcends established notions of style and convention. Their new album will be released June 16th.

During the broadcast we will listen to his music and talk about his artistic practice before he performs in NYC at NYU Skirball Center. Then we will talk with about art and the military.

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Artist Amir ElSaffar

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