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Experience traditional Iraqi maqam with Hamid Al-Saadi, one of the genre’s greatest living masters. Al-Saadi, committed to sharing the arts and culture of the Arab world, travels extensively as a maqam scholar, singer, artist, and writer. Joining him is Safaafir, the only U.S.-based ensemble dedicated to performing the centuries-old musical tradition, led by two American-born siblings of Iraqi descent: Dena ElSaffar, who holds a degree in classical viola performance from Indiana University, and Amir ElSaffar, a jazz trumpeter and composer based in New York City. In addition to presenting maqam in its traditional format, this special engagement in the Atrium will incorporate jazz, classical, and other Middle Eastern styles to create a highly unique and personalized sound.
Presented in collaboration with the Artistic Freedom Initiative
Artistic Freedom Initiative (AFI), a program of the SDK Foundation for Human Dignity, is a nonprofit organization led by immigration and human rights attorneys. AFI provides pro bono immigration representation and resettlement assistance to international artists at risk. In addition, AFI partners with arts and culture organizations, museums, galleries, and performance spaces to create opportunities for artists in their network to showcase their work.
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm David Rubenstein Atrium