Tuesday, February 11

Ragamala Rooted: Jazz Masterclass with Amir ElSaffar

Community Events & Programs, Master Classes & Workshops

presented by Ragamala Dance Company

Walker|West Music Academy
760 Selby Avenue, #6619, Saint Paul

Advanced registration required.

FREE! | Open to all
Limited space available, RSVP to secure your spot online

Basic jazz and music theory experience will be helpful. Please bring your instruments.

Composer, trumpeter, santur player, and vocalist Amir ElSaffar has been described as “uniquely poised to reconcile jazz and Arabic music,” (the Wire) and “one of the most promising figures in jazz today” (Chicago Tribune). A recipient of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a 2018 US Artist Fellow, ElSaffar is an expert trumpeter with a classical background, conversant not only in the language of contemporary jazz, but has created techniques to play microtones and ornaments idiomatic to Arabic music that are not typically heard on the trumpet.

In advance of ElSaffar’s performance with Ragamala Dance Company’s Written in Water at The Ordway on Saturday, February 15, join ElSaffar for a masterclass exploring the rich jazz music tradition and delving into how ElSaffar has used his jazz training to develop intersections with other musical traditions.


This event is part of Ragamala Rooted: Written in Water. To learn more about Ragamala Rooted, please visit ragamalarooted.org.

Ragamala Rooted is supported in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through the Knight St. Paul Arts Challenge, the Mardag Foundation, the F.R. Bigelow Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, Target, Fredrikson & Byron, RBC Wealth Management, and the City of St. Paul Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization Program. In-kind support has been provided by MOD.