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Amir ElSaffar


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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Full Name Amir ElSaffar
Profession Actor, Film Score Composer
Education DePaul University
Nationality American
Music Songs Khosh Reng, Dumuzi's Dream, The Blues in E Half-Flat, Shatt al-Arab, Inana's Dance, Infinite Variety, Al-Badia, Lami Intro, Awj Intro, Lady of Heaven, Venus, the Evening Star, Hemayoun, Venus, the Morning Star, Journey to the Underworld, Quartal, Mono Esa Tono, Ishtarum, The 13th of November, Futuritmi, Human Tragedy, Hyper Steps, Menba' / Jourjina, Nid Qablitum, 12 Cycles, Flyover Iraq, Facets Three/Four, Crisis Suite: Taqsim Saba, Introduction - From the Ashes, Introduction: Copper Refraction, Embubum - Ishtarum - Pitum, Miniature #1, Athar Kurd
Albums Saadif, Inana, Two Rivers, Radif Suite, Alchemy, Crisis, Not Two

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Rachel Getting Married 2008 Rehearsal Dinner Guest (as Amir Elsaffar)



Intifada NYC 2009 Documentary

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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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