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“Amir ElSaffar is uniquely poised to reconcile jazz and Arabic music without doing either harm”

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Presented in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Festival, and in association with the Flamenco Festival, London

The acclaimed Iraqi-American musician Amir ElSaffar is known for effortlessly fusing the mysticism of the Iraqi maqam tradition with flamenco and jazz. In Luminiscencia, ElSaffar brings together an ensemble of great exponents of the new vanguard of Flamenco; including vocalist Gema Caballero, a rising star and one of the most distinct voices on the scene, Vanesa Aibar, a Flamenco dancer going beyond the conventions of the form and Flamenco percussionist Pablo Martin Jones, a regular collaborator to Flamenco artists. The ensemble also includes mastermind electronics musician Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch, as well as ElSaffar’s sister Dena ElSaffar, who plays violin and traditional Iraqi fiddle.

Using elegant, melodic arabesques to connect traditions, this special line-up merges passions for classical forms into a unique evening of soulful dance and music. The piece was premiered at Flamenco Biënnale Nederland in 2019.

A Fondation Royaumont and Flamenco Biënnale Nederland production, supported by The Abu Dhabi Festival and presented in partnership with Flamenco Festival London and Sadler’s Wells.


Sat 6 July 2019

5.30pm & 8.00pm


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Sadler’s Wells
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