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Iranian Kamanche maestro Kayhan Kalhor

Iranian Kamanche maestro Kayhan Kalhor

World-renowned Iranian musician and Kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor along with a number of Turkish and Greek artists is slated to perform concert in Turkey. Kalhor’s music performance titled Kamancheh Night is scheduled to be staged at Istanbul's Jamal Rashidri Concert Hall on March 4, 2013. Veteran Iranian music player Ali Bahrami Fard is also to accompany the group on a bass santour (hammered dulcimer). Kalhor and the veteran Turkish Baglama player Erdal Erzincan recently presented their joint programs at the New York’s GlobalFest held at the city’s Marlin Room on January 13, 2013. Kalhor is known for his brilliant performances on the traditional instrument of Kamancheh and creating a unique mixture of classical Persian music with folk tunes of the Kurdistan region. He has toured internationally and performed in several countries on numerous occasions. Two of his works were nominated for Grammy Awards in 2004. Iranian Kamanche maestro has also held many concerts along with the world-renowned musicians and ensembles such as the string quartet, Brooklyn Rider ensemble, in the US city of Minneapolis in 2012. Kalhor has composed and performed with Indian sitar player Shujaat Husain Khan and Indian Tabla player Swapan Chaudhuri, with whom he formed Ghazal ensemble. He also performed at the 2012 Tanglewood Music Festival in the United States as a member of the Silk Road Ensemble which is composed of internationally-renowned musicians, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers from over 20 countries. kalhor also presented a joint program with a number of world-class Asian musicians at BT River of Music in the British capital of London. Kamancheh, a Persian bowed string instrument is related to the bowed rebab, its historical ancestor and also the bowed lira of the Byzantine Empire, ancestor of the European violin family. FGP/FGP
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