This traditional Iraqi trio performs maqam music. Its name refers to the ancient art of coppersmithing, which has been likened to Iraq’s branch of maqam because of the metallic sound of the santur- the Middle Eastern dulcimer that’s struck with small hammers. Siblings Amir and Dena El Saffar provide the majority of melodic material on santur and violin respectively, with Dena’s husband Tim Moore delivering percussive accompaniment. All three members sing as well, preserving this older music tradition that has been largely eclipsed by styles of the 20th century.
Presented in conjunction with the AANM exhibition Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, in the Lower Level Gallery March 5-July 12, 2015.