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feat. Ole Mathisen, Tomas Fujiwara, Tania Giannouli, Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and vocalist Amir ElSaffar combines a background as a classically trained jazz trumpeter with microtonal techniques idiomatic to Arabic music. For his Pierre Boulez Saal debut, he now presents two world-premiere programs: in the first set, ElSaffar’s trio, with saxophonist Ole Mathisen, drummer Tomas Fujiwara, and ElSaffar on trumpet, is joined by innovative Greek pianist Tania Giannouli, whose instrument will be re-tuned to create microtonal sounds.

The evening’s second part, featuring sound artist Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch and ElSaffar on santur and vocals, explores the boundary between improvisation and composition with music that merges electro-acoustic ideas with traditional Iraqi maqam scales.

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Participating artists
Amir ElSaffar
Ole Mathisen
Tomas Fujiwara
Tania Giannouli
Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch