ElSaffar and his 17-piece ensemble find ecstatic common ground among the scales, grooves and instruments of Arabic music and jazz.
An American teen prodigy in both jazz and classical trumpet, ElSaffar spent his early 20s in his ancestral home of Iraq, immersing himself in Arabic musical traditions. In Rivers of Sound, western brass, strings and percussion meet Arabic ouds, violin and drums. After giving Hop audiences a taste of his music as the composer and lead instrumentalist of Ragamala Dance Company’s Written in Water in fall 2018, ElSaffar takes center stage with his own compelling vision.
Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.