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Maestro Kalhor to Perform in France, US

Maestro Kalhor to Perform in France, USMaestro Kalhor to Perform in France, US

Kayhan Kalhor, Iranian master of Kamancheh, is one of the soloists performing in Maryland, the US, on January 8 and 11, along with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop.

In a concert titled ‘The Rite of Spring’, musicians from different nations will perform their folk music. The piece ‘Rite of Spring’ by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky headlines this program brimming with ritualism and ethnic flair. Another piece will be the Argentinean Osvaldo Golijov’s ‘Rose of the Winds’ which fuses together native music from around the globe.

Other than Kalhor, Cristina Pato with his Galician bagpipes, David Krakauer, player of klezmer clarinet, and Michael Ward-Bergeman the hyper-accordion player will also perform on the stage, Honaronline reported.

Moreover, Kalhor will accompany the noted Turkish Baglama player Erdal Erzincan at the ‘No Border Festival’ in Brest, France, which is slated for December 12.

According to the festival’s website, “Kalhor and Erzincan will perform music in an Iranian-Turkish ambience, and will be magical on the stage with their artistry.”

  Brilliant Performances

The duo has so far participated in numerous concerts worldwide. They also share an album ‘The Wind’ released in 2006.

Kalhor is known for his brilliant performances on the traditional instrument Kamancheh and creating a unique mix of classical Persian music with folk tunes of the Kurdistan region.

He has toured internationally and performed in many countries on numerous occasions. Two of his works were nominated for Grammy Awards in 2004. He has also held many concerts along with world-renowned musicians and ensembles.

Kamancheh (knee fiddle), 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.