Amir ElSaffar with Hamid Al-Saadi

Renowned musician Amir ElSaffar joins vocalist Hamid Al-Saadi to present the Iraqi maqam, incorporating jazz, classical and other Middle Eastern styles to create a highly unique and personalized sound.

The maqam is the classical vocal tradition of Iraq, one of the most refined of the many maqam traditions found throughout the Arab and Muslim world. Its sophisticated melodies, infectious rhythms, and eloquent poetry are a direct reflection of Iraq’s history, geography, culture, and folklore; in them can be found the essence of all that is Iraq.

Tickets are “pay-what-you-can”, with suggested pricing of $20, $15 for seniors, $5 for ages 25 and under. All seats are general admission. Tickets will be available for purchase on the Connecting Chords Music Festival website and at the door.

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