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“A master of the kamancheh” — The New York Times
“They brought a sense of the Eternal with every note they played!” – The Washington Post
Kayhan Kalhor is a legendary musician in the classical Persian tradition, with devoted fans that span the globe. For this special evening, Kalhor brings his long-time collaborator Turkish baglama (lute) player Erdal Erzincan to perform stunning Persian and Turkish improvisations. Performing music based on ancient traditions, their music is thoroughly modern and seeks to bring the listener into its trance-like realm by interweaving ecstatic rhythms with sensual melodic phrases. The result is a set of instrumental compositions that flow into each other like one continuous work, with gently drifting passages in which the two instruments echo and improvise on different phrases.
Photos: Kevin Yatarola and Gokalp Bogazkesen
Kayhan Kalhor is one Iran’s most beloved artists and an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh (spiked fiddle). His performances of traditional Persian music and his musical collaborations have been instrumental in popularizing Persian music in the West. Kayhan is a creative force in music scenes all over the world and in many genres and is known for his performances as a soloist, with his ensembles including Ghazal, Dastan and Masters of Persian Music; with Philharmonic Orchestras; and for collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Osvaldo Golijov, Brooklyn Rider, Rembrandt Ensemble and Toumani Diabate. He is an original member of the Silk Road Ensemble with whom be continues to tour and with whom in 2017 he was awarded a Grammy.
Erdal Erzincan, a disciple of the legendary Arif Sag, is one of the most well known folk musicians of his generation in Turkey. Born in Erzurum in 1971, he became interested in the region’s folk music at an early age. In 1985, he moved to Istanbul to study at the Istanbul Conservatory and the Arif Sag Music School. Erzincan has made numerous recordings, both as a solo artist and as an accompanist, some of which have become best-selling albums. His collaborations include concerts with Arif Sag and the Koln Philharmonic, and with the Ambassade Symphony Orchester Wien, an ensemble of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Erzincan has performed and taught throughout the world and founded the Baglama Music Academy in Istanbul.
Curated by Isabel Soffer / Live Sounds