Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | April 14 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Trumpet player and composer Amir ElSaffar has long explored the connections between Iraqi maqam and jazz improvisation in his expansive compositions. His score was featured in Ragamala Dance Company’s visit to Cal Performances two seasons ago, and here he brings together 17 musicians from Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Western jazz traditions in a kaleidoscopic new program. ElSaffar’s layered, trancelike music combines microtonal melodies floating over a richly textured bed of strings and winds, and a bubbling, ever-shifting rhythmic backdrop.

 All Audiences

 All Audiences

 $28–$48 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale April 14. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing

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Amir ElSaffar performs Rivers of Sound Thursday, April 14, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall. (credit: Michael Crommett)