Fri, Jun 16 from 6:00-8:00pm

28 Liberty Plaza


Co-presented with New Amsterdam Presents

Co-produced by Alwan for the Arts


In an album-release concert for the orchestra’s debut album, Not Two, acclaimed composer, trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound brings together 17 musicians from a broad spectrum of traditions, ranging from Iraqi maqam to American jazz. Using resonance as its governing principle, the music incorporates elements of maqam modal music of the Middle East with jazz and other contemporary practices to create a unique microtonal environment that moves beyond the notions of style and tradition into a realm of uninhibited musical communication. The record will be released on New Amsterdam Records.


Featured Image Photo Credit: Ed Berger

Amir ElSaffar And Rivers of Sound was funded in part by The Aaron Copland Fund For Music.

Amir ElSaffar And Rivers of Sound was funded in part by The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Amir ElSaffar And Rivers of Sound was funded in part by Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.

This performance is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Space for this project was generously donated by Fosun Property Holdings.

Fosun Property


Amir ElSaffar, trumpet/santur
Carlo DeRosa, acoustic bass
Aruan Ortiz, piano
Dena ElSaffar, violin/jowza
Fabrizio Cassol, alto saxophone
George Ziadeh, oud/vocals
Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone
JD Parran, bass saxophone/clarinet
Miles Okazaki, guitar
Mohammed Saleh, oboe/English horn
Naseem AlAtrash, cello
Nasheet Waits, drums
Ole Mathisen, tenor saxophone/soprano saxophone
Rajna Swaminathan, mridangam
Tareq Abboushi, buzuq
Tim Moore, percussion/dumbek/frame drum
Zafer Tawil, percussion/oud