Watch a trailer for Rivers of Sound: "Not Two"
Listen to two tracks from Amir ElSaffar and Rivers of Sound’s most recent album, Not Two (and if you want to hear more, Amir recommends that you buy it in vinyl!).
Watch some live performances and interviews with Amir and his previous group, Two Rivers, in NPR’s archives.
Office Hours with Amir ElSaffar and Professor Martin Daughtry
Get a glimpse into the artistic process with Amir ElSaffar and Professor Martin Daughtry in this installation of NYU Skirball’s “Office Hours.” ElSaffar gets in-depth about music theory, composition, and his piano tuning skills, and Daughtry reads Langston Hughes’ 1920 poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” and proposes that ElSaffar’s musical style is better described as “confluence” than “fusion.”
Martin Daughtry, PhD is Associate Professor of Music, Russian and Slavic Studies, and Associated Faculty of the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU.
Read Howard Medium Mandel’s article on Amir ElSaffar in the January 2014 issue of Downbeat entitled, “Amir ElSaffar: Exquisite Alchemist”
Fusion, confluence, palimpsest: what’s in a term? Read Martin Daughtry (NYU)’s essay “Acoustic Palimpsests and the Politics of Listening.”
Read Professor Kwami Coleman’s (NYU) essay “Everyone’s Creative: George E. Lewis and Ubiquitous Improvisation,” on the potential of creativity in art and everywhere in between.
Want to learn more about the basics of the study of music from a range of cultural perspectives?: The Cultural Study of Music: A Critical Introduction.
Interested in how Arab cultures have been integrated into music in a plethora of ways? Here’s Chapter 2 of The Arab Avant-Garde: Music, Politics, Modernity.
Are you a history buff? Mona Hassan’s Longing for the Lost Caliphate gives a global history of the significance of the the word “caliphate” for Muslims through different eras and in different places. [Intro, Chapter One]
Take a walk and hear Washington Square Park differently with the Holladay Brothers‘ site-specific composition, commissioned by NYU Skirball and available on your smartphone