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Kalhor’s ‘Veiled Dwellers’ Returns to Tehran

From left to right: Kayhan Kalhor, Ali Bahramifard, Hadi Azarpira and Navid AfqahFrom left to right: Kayhan Kalhor, Ali Bahramifard, Hadi Azarpira and Navid Afqah

Acclaimed Iranian composer and kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor will perform on April 25-26 at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall.

The event is the latest leg of an extensive tour around Iran featuring pieces collectively titled ‘Veiled Dwellers of Silent Garden,’ according to the music website

As in his performances during the tour, Kalhor will be accompanied by accomplished players such as percussionist and music researcher Navid Afqah, 47, on tonbak and drums as well as composer and santur player Ali Bahramifard, 36, one of this generation’s most gifted santur players.

Bahramifard had an earlier collaboration with Kalhor in an album titled ‘I will Not Stand Alone.’ Released in 2012, the album reflects Kalhor’s decision to use music as a tool to connect with people across the world. Another notable player of the concert is composer Hadi Azarpira, 37, on tar. He is famous for his improvisations and has had separate performances with Bahramifard. Azarpira also plays setar and oud.

Their 2016 concerts took the four musicians to many cities in Iran, including Yazd, Kermanshah, Khorramabad, Shiraz, Bushehr, Ahvaz, Bandarabbas, Ardebil, Tabriz, Rasht, Sari, Gonbad, Hamedan, Ilam, Sanandaj, Kerman, Zahedan, Birjand, Torbat-Heydarieh, Khorramshahr and Isfahan.

 ‘Veiled Dwellers’ crosses cultural borders. In his works Kalhor often pins Persian classical music structures to the rich folk modes and melodies of the Kurdish tradition.

Kalhor, 53, is a master of classical Kurdish and Persian music. He was born into a Kurdish family and plays several instruments.

Vahdat Hall is located on Shahryar Blvd., Hafez St., south of Enqelab Ave.

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