Amir ElSaffar

Amir ElSaffar is an Iraqi-American trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer, described in The New York Times as β€œthe celebrated trumpeter and composer who explores vital connections between jazz and Arabic music.” ElSaffar is one of the only musicians alive who has mastered the Iraqi Maqam tradition and has had work commissioned and premiered globally, including the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. ElSaffar is the recipient of a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2013), US Artist Fellowship (2018), and Hodder Fellowship (2020).