Reviews that mention Naseem AlAtrash

October 28, 2021

Amir ElSaffar Rivers of Sound

The Other Shore
Out Note Records OTN 640

Expanding his cross-cultural references further, American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar directs his Rivers of Sound orchestra in a suite which liberally mixes sound currents from his Iraqi heritage with sonic surges from elsewhere to reach The Other Shore. Part of the program’s fulfillment is noting not only how instruments from varied cultural backgrounds fit together, but also how they can do so without abandoning characteristic sounds. Additionally most of the eight compositions resemble an aural palimpsest, with Arabic music currents existing underneath the surface even if the thrust is overtly Western. MORE