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Persian Classical Music

The first video presents excerpts of a concert of classical Persian music by Iranian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, accompanied by tombak player Behnam Samani. As a great interpreter of the kamancheh, Kalhor is considered a global ambassador of Persian music.

Kayhan has been nominated for three Grammys and is an integral part of the 2017 Grammy-winning Silkroad Ensemble, the artistic collective founded by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In 2000, he was invited for a workshop with Yo-Yo Ma and other international musicians. The collaboration grew into the Silkroad ensemble. During the workshop, Kalhor composed the intriguing piece “Blue as the Turquoise Night of Neyshabur” in the second video.

“It's one of the most beautiful pieces I've ever heard," Ma said in an interview in the late summer of 2017. "I think he's one of the greatest musicians I've ever had the privilege to know and to work with.”


Text by: Deyun Lin/Licha Stelaus Productions

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