Online Event - Playing Human Connectedness - January 27, 2022

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Join us next Thursday, Jan 27 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for an artist talk featuring composer, trumpeter, santur player, and vocalist Amir Elsaffar.

Amir ElSaffar has been described as “uniquely poised to reconcile jazz and Arabic music,” (the Wire) and “one of the most promising figures in jazz today” (Chicago Tribune). A recipient of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a 2018 US Artist Fellow, ElSaffar is an expert trumpeter with a classical background, conversant not only in the language of contemporary jazz, but has created techniques to play microtones and ornaments idiomatic to Arabic music that are not typically heard on the trumpet. Join us for a live discussion with ElSaffar about his musical influences and recent musical projects in conversation with ethnomusicologist and performer-composer Payam Yousefi.

This event will take place on Zoom. Register here or on our website at

Sponsored by the American Friends of Sufi Arts, Culture & Knowledge (AFSACK)