Trumpet/composer Amir ElSaffar is really a classically trained musician who explores both jazz and traditional Iraqi maqam music. Blessed in Chicago, IL, in 1977 for an Iraqi dad and American mom, ElSaffar was raised hearing an eclectic mixture of music that eventually resulted in his studying traditional music at DePaul School. Having developed a devoted curiosity about jazz, ElSaffar competed in and gained the 2001 Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Competition as well as the 2001 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Improvisation Competition. A calendar year later, a vacation to Baghdad brought ElSaffar into connection with experts of the original Iraqi maqam design of music along with the santoor — a kind of hammered dulcimer — which he discovered how exactly to play. Departing Iraq prior to the battle started in 2003, ElSaffar started incorporating Iraqi music into his jazz trumpet playing and jazz compositions. He released his debut recording, Two Streams, on Pi Recordings in 2007. ElSaffar came back with his lengthy collection Inana in 2011 utilizing the Two Streams ensemble, which brought everyone but Rudresh Mahanthappa back again. He was changed by tenor saxophopnist Olie Mathisen.
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|Rachel Getting Married||2008||Rehearsal Dinner Guest (as Amir Elsaffar)|
|The Blood of My Brother||2005||Documentary musician: santur - as Amir EfSaffar|
|Robyn Hitchcock: I Often Dream of Trains. A Concert Film.||2009||Documentary|
|Rachel Getting Married: The Wedding Band||2009||Video documentary short||Himself|
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