Amir ElSaffar is an Iraqi-American trumpet and santur player based in New York. He visited Istanbul to perform at the 26th Akbank Jazz festival.
We asked him questions about;
* How his musical journey started with piano and trumpet and then evolved into ”Rivers of Sound Ensemble” which has seventeen instruments in it including bouzouki, oud and santur,
* His experiences in Iraq while discovering the music of his ancestors,
* The secrets of playing microtones and maqams with the trumpet