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Qorbani, Kalhor to Perform at Warsaw Festival

Qorbani, Kalhor to Perform at Warsaw FestivalQorbani, Kalhor to Perform at Warsaw Festival

Iranian traditional vocalist Alireza Qorbani and Kamancheh (knee fiddle) virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor will hold separate concerts at the 11th Cross-Culture Warsaw Festival, September 21-27.

The first day of the 2015 edition of the festival named ‘Iranian Gardens’, is dedicated to Persian traditional music, Mehr News Agency reported.

Qorbani will be accompanied by a group of Iranian musicians on September 21, in the Polish capital Warsaw. His 2013 performance at the same festival was warmly received.

Born in Tehran, Qorbani, 43, was earlier the leading vocalist of the Iran National Orchestra which has given several global performances.

In 16 years of his professional career, he has released 16 albums and collaborated in the soundtrack of more than 10 TV series.

In addition to Qorbani’s performance, Iranian Kamancheh player Kalhor and Santur (Persian hammered dulcimer) player Ali Bahramifard, will hold another concert the same day.

Kalhor, 52, is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso of Kamancheh and a three-time Grammy nominee. He nurtures ancient traditions, while leaving the door open for new artistic challenges - he loves improvisation and engages in international projects.

He has collaborated with numerous instrumentalists and brilliant singers like Mohammad-Reza Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri. Together with Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov, he composed the soundtrack of Francis Ford Copolla’s ‘Youth Without Youth’ in 2007.

Kalhor has collaborated with international orchestras including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Warsaw festival is one of Poland’s biggest events presenting music and culture from around the world. Initiated in 2005, it is a showcase for the most interesting trends in world music and culture.

Its primary mission is to show visitors the wealth of cultures in the contemporary world, and sensitize people to cultural and artistic diversity.