Amir ElSaffar's Rivers of Sound: Not Two — Mike Reed's Flesh & Bone

Feb 9

8:00 PM

Friday, February 9, 2018

Chicago-born trumpeter Amir ElSaffar studied at DePaul University, soaking up Chicago’s deep jazz and blues culture before traveling extensively to explore the rich musical heritage of the Middle East. Along with his 17-piece Rivers of Sound orchestra, he weaves an intricate sonic tapestry of long-form composition and improvisation that tears down cultural boundaries. Chicago-based drummer and founding director of Pitchfork Music Festival Mike Reed opens the evening with music from Flesh & Bone, a powerful musical statement inspired by a harrowing incident his band endured while on tour.

Approximate concert duration: 155 minutes including intermission

To be announced from stage.


Amir ElSaffar's Rivers of Sound
Amir ElSaffar trumpet and vocals

Mike Reed's Flesh & Bone
Mike Reed drums
Greg Ward alto saxophone
Tim Haldeman tenor saxophone
Ben Lamar Gay cornet
Jason Stein bass clarinet
Jason Roebke bass
Marvin Tate vocals
Mike Reed drums

Kim Alpert video

Some of the greatest music has come from some of the greatest pain. That’s the case with the album “Flesh & Bone” (428 Music, 2017), by jazz drummer-composer Mike Reed. The music was inspired by an incident in 2009 when Reed and his quartet were thrown in the middle of a violent neo-Nazi rally. The experience remained with Reed, who spent the years since then constructing music through a series of performances. “It was difficult," he said. "It took me a while to figure out a way of [composing] where I felt spiritually OK about it.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Jazz trumpeter Amir ElSaffar could have pursued the career of an orchestral horn player anywhere in the world. But then he heard Egyptian virtuoso Samy el Bably, and life changed direction. “He showed me it is possible to play Iraqi music on the trumpet,” says ElSaffar, 40, a native of River Forest (and a former Civic Orchestra member and student of legendary CSO trumpet Bud Herseth). ElSaffar traveled from Chicago to Egypt to learn from el Bably; the experience led to years of musical journeying between the Middle East and the United States, which has resulted in a unique sound from different worlds and times. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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