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Amir ElSaffar's Rivers of Sound Orchestra
Amir ElSaffar's Rivers of Sound Orchestra
  • Sat., April 23
  • 8PM
  • $36 to $71 Ticket prices subject to change without notice.
  • Great Hall (Directions & Parking)

Iraqi-American trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer Amir ElSaffar returns to The Soraya — this time with his 17-piece jazz orchestra, the Rivers of Sound. The group’s Middle Eastern-inspired music blends with American jazz for a unique, infectious sound. Elements that traditionally divide musicians are reimagined in a fresh, transcultural soundscape.

Public radio station WBGO recently called the orchestra’s music an “exhilarating wash of sound, layers upon layers, meant to induce a phenomenon commonly known in Iraqi maqam as tarab, a sense of having an out-of-body experience.” It highlights the sounds of oud, buzuq, and santur, and a Persian stringed hammered dulcimer, played by ElSaffar himself. He also weaves in Western classical instruments such as violin, cello, and oboe.

Concert FREE to all Soraya Members. Reservation required.

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