KDAQ Repairs:

8:00pm

Mon May 12, 2014
Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival: Amir ElSaffar And Two Rivers

Airs Monday, May 12 at 8 p.m.  Amir ElSaffar grew up around Chicago as something of a trumpet prodigy, in both jazz and classical. He was winning competitions and beginning to make a go of it in New York. Then he started investigating his Iraqi heritage in music, and studying the hammered dulcimer and the modes of various Middle Eastern musics. This band splits the difference, using microtonal techniques to investigate the blues. They'll have new tunes too, commissioned for Newport and supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Personnel

Amir ElSaffar, trumpet and santur
Ole Mathisen, tenor sax
Zafer Tawil, oud/violin/dumbek
Tareq Abboushi, buzuq/percussion
Carlo DeRosa, bass
Nasheet Waits, drums

Set List

"The Great Dictator" (ElSaffar)
"Shaab" (ElSaffar)
"(Untitled)" (ElSaffar)
"Flyover Iraq" (ElSaffar)
"Whirlwind" (ElSaffar)