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Polish Festival Jazztopad Expands Further Into America

The fest's fifth U.S. edition will feature the New York and Chicago premieres of a piece by trumpeter Amir ElSaffar—on Sept. 26 and 28, respectively

Amir ElSaffar
Amir ElSaffar (photo: Lukasz Rajcher)

The Polish festival Jazztopad, which turns 16 in November, is extending its reach into the United States, marking its fifth year of events in New York and its first in Chicago, where the Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar will present a new chamber-music piece, Ahwaal (the title translates roughly as “states of consciousness”), on Sept. 28 as part of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. 

ElSaffar will perform the piece, which was commissioned by Jazztopad, with clarinetist Waclaw Zimpel, bassist Ksawery Wójciński, and the Lutosławski Quartet. 

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