Exclusive headlining concert with Iraqi-American jazz composer and trumpeter
Amir ElSaffar is a renowned trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, composer and purveyor of the centuries-old Iraqi Maqam tradition. His imaginative music will join the innovative sounds of the Australian Art Orchestra in a one-off Meeting Points Series concert as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
A master musician in an age of cross-cultural music making, ElSaffar’s ground-breaking compositions reflect a deep understanding of the microtones and ornaments signature to Arabic music. Having trained in European classical music and American jazz, ElSaffar’s passionate and visceral music is one to behold.
The New York based musician’s previous works draw on his time spent travelling between Europe and the Middle East to study with the few surviving masters of the Iraqi Maqam, reflecting a region in turmoil and strife.
This collaboration will create a stunning representation of music in the 21st century.
A contemporary concert series for the curious.
Meeting Points Series is an intimate collection of concerts curated by Peter Knight, Artistic Director of Australian Art Orchestra. Returning for its third year, this program brings together musical styles and performers from across the globe in a series of unexpected collaborations. Experience a mesmerising series of never-before-seen works and cross-cultural compositions in our most exciting line-up yet.
Meeting Points Series is a creative collaboration between Arts Centre Melbourne and Australian Art Orchestra.
Amir ElSaffar – trumpet
Peter Knight – trumpet, electronics, revox reel-to-reel tape
Aviva Endean – clarinets
Tim O’Dwyer – saxophones
Erkki Veltheim - violin
Judith Harman – cello
Jacques Emery – double bass
Chloe Kim - drums
Arts Centre Melbourne and Australian Art Orchestra respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which Meeting Points Series is held, the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and future.
Photo: Ed Berger