Kick off the summer with these events.
Saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh has spent the better part of 30 years forging connections among jazz, Persian artistic concepts, and free music. This has resulted in a clutch of albums that ping-pong between gutsy postbop and meditative duets, the latter of which come into focus on his new album, Facets (Pi). Modirzadeh has frequently worked with […]
The south side’s own world-class jazz fest played host to dozens of shows and more than a hundred musicians.
Oak Park native Amir ElSaffar has built his career pursuing a rigorous curiosity and commitment to art, and one of his greatest accomplishments is his ravishing hybrid of postbop and traditional Iraqi maqam. His recent Two Rivers project succeeded in part because ElSaffar, an Iraqi-American, is devoted to both disciplines: he studied jazz trumpet in […]
How else can you see legendary Ethiopian singer Mahmoud Ahmed and riveting Inuit iconoclast Tanya Tagaq for free?
If you didn’t get to know this idiosyncratic guitarist when he lived in Chicago, now’s as good a time as any to start.
New music from Oak Park native Dena ElSaffar’s Arabic fusion group, which plays Wednesday at the Old Town School
Not everyone on this list graduated, but there’s no disputing the talent and vision of the players.
Episodes of the new WYCC music show Musicology: Live From the Old Town School of Folk Music are now available on YouTube
Critics’ Choices and other notable shows: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Best Coast, Finntroll, Hot Chip, the Amir ElSaffar & Hafez Modirzadeh Quartet, and more
Oak Park native Amir ElSaffar gives the Chicago premiere of his Two Rivers suite on Thursday.
Oak Park-bred Amir ElSaffar, who blends jazz and Iraqi maqam, collaborates tonight and tomorrow with Jewish Algerian expat Maurice El Medioni.